Beginning his opera with a prelude for strings of unprecedented economy of means, in 1853, Verdi affirmed his intention of defying conventions and norms. This is not the least radical aspect of his “Traviata”, which implacably strips bare the violence of a society that promotes worldly pleasures only to sacrifice an innocent woman on the altar of bourgeois morality. Simon Stone delights in grappling with the major works of the repertoire, enticing them into more intimate territory. One of today’s most distinguished stage directors, he now makes his long-awaited debut at the Paris Opera.
Video in Simon Stone’s La Traviata is the social media lens through which a Kardashian-like Violetta portrays herself to the world. Social Media, billboard campaigns, parties, whatsapp conversations all serve to bring Violetta into the digital era. Content is mapped onto a half projection, half LED rotating cube that constantly rotates scenes in and out of focus.
Francesco Maria Piava
Michele Mariotti & Carlo Montanaro
Alessandro Di Stefano