La Traviata with a Sixties Swing from Hampstead Garden Opera
17 May, 2018 — By Sebastian Taylor
Verdi’s great opera La Traviata is opening this Friday in a new Hampstead Garden Opera staging at Jackson’s Lane Theatre, Archway Road, Highgate.
Director Sophie Gilpin’s sparkling production takes place amid a world of extravagant parties and political sex scandals. Yes, it’s the Swinging Sixties, notorious for the Christine Keeler/John Profumo affair. Violetta is a socialite “It-Girl” and Flora is giving the party. Germont is a politician worried that his son Alfredo’s affair with Violetta will jeopardise his leadership campaign.
The opera is being sung outstanding young soloists. Among them is Camden girl Rachel Duckett singing Flora. She graduated from Goldsmiths four years ago and is now a member of the Philharmonia Chorus Student Scheme. She’s singing Queen of the Night in Paris next month and Adele in Fledermaus at Wilton’s Music Hall in August.
• La Traviata runs from May 18-27 at Jackson’s Lane Theatre, Highgate, N6. 0800 411 8881, http://hgo.org.uk/current-opera/