The Francesca Zambello production of La Traviata, which launched Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour in 2012, will return in 2020, Opera Australia announced today.

La Traviata The 2012 Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour production of  La Traviata.Photo © Lisa Tomasetti 

Billed “a triumph” by Martin Buzacott in Limelight , Zambello’s production, which starred soprano Emma Matthews as Violetta, set Verdi’s beloved opera in 1950s Paris. “Critics were unanimous in their praise for a production that had so many unforgettable visual images associated with it,” Buzacott wrote. “From the fireworks at the end of the drinking song, to the high notes in Sempre Liberabeing sung mid-air above Sydney Harbour, and on to the party guests in Act Two arriving by water-taxi.”

The revival will involve some changes, however, with director Constantine Costi presenting a production based on Zambello’s, with the original designer Brian Thomson – whose runs on the board for HOSH have since included Carmen and this year’s box-office record-breakingproduction of West Side Story – returning with a new vision for the design. Thomson has confirmed, however, that he will be keeping the nine-metre-high crystal chandelier. Tess Schofield’s costumes will...

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