LA TRAVIATA UNDER THE STARS.  The Sydney Opera House, Harbour Bridge and city skyline will be the backdrop when Opera Australia presents the three week season of Giuseppe Verdi’s La Traviata, commencing on 24 March 2012.

The opera is to be held on a tailor made stage built over the water off the Royal Botanic Gardens and will feature a forty piece orchestra, magnificent sets and beautiful costumes.

A giant 9 metre chandelier featuring 10,000 Swarovski crystals will be suspended from a 26 metre crane, which will be blackened out, making it invisible against the night sky.  At the end of Act I, Violetta, after singing the famous aria Sempre Libera, will ascend with the chandelier as fireworks explode.

La Traviata will be performed in Italian with English subtitles and will run for two and a half hours.This unique and spectacular production should certainly give a boost to Sydney’s tourist numbers.  Sandra T.

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