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Verdi's Famed Opera 'La Traviata' Is Coming to Sydney Harbour's Floating Stage

The heartbreaking French tale — and its nine-metre-high chandelier — hits the Handa Opera stage next March.
By Libby Curran
July 03, 2019
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Verdi's Famed Opera 'La Traviata' Is Coming to Sydney Harbour's Floating Stage

The heartbreaking French tale — and its nine-metre-high chandelier — hits the Handa Opera stage next March.
By Libby Curran
July 03, 2019
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Opera on a regular stage is one thing, but opera performed on a floating openair theatre atop Sydney Harbour, under the stars? Well, that's some unforgettable stuff. Especially when it's Giuseppe Verdi's famed classic La Traviata that's being given the overwater treatment.

The glamorous three-act show is the latest production announced as part of Opera Australia's Handa Opera series, set to return to this unique stage in March and April 2020. Handa Opera has pulled over 400,000 guests since debuting with La Traviata back in 2012, its mix of drinking and dining options, breathtaking views and nightly fireworks making it one of Sydney's must-try cultural offerings. It's also considered one of the world's best openair opera venues.

Handa Opera's 'West Side Story' by Prudence Upton

The upcoming season will see director Constantine Costi heading up a bold new production of La Traviata based on celebrated director Francesca Zambello's original. It tells the famously heartbreaking tale of a free-spirited Parisian courtesan and her tragic love affair with a nobleman. Expect to be wowed by a glittering nine-metre-high chandelier decked out with 10,000 crystals on stage, while world-class performers deliver soaring renditions of legendary tunes like 'Sempre Libera' and 'Brindisi'.

Carmen, Aida and La Bohème are just some of the hits to grace the Handa Opera stage in recent years, with 2019's production of West Side Story selling a huge 62,000 tickets.

La Traviata on Handa Opera will run from Friday, March 27 to Sunday, April 26. Tickets are on sale from the Opera Australia Box Office from Tuesday, July 16.

Handa Opera's 2012 'La Traviata' by Lightbox Photography

Published on July 03, 2019 by Libby Curran

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