Lisette Oropesa is interviewed in Athens Voice for her upcoming performances of La Traviata
|Violetta Valery||Lisette Oropesa|
|Alfredo Germont||Alexey Dolgov|
|Giorgio Germont||Dimitri Platanias|
Greek National Opera’s second summer production for 2019 is Giuseppe Verdi’s highly popular work, La Traviata, which will be presented for the first time at the Odeon of Herodes Atticus.
The unlucky love of “The Lady of the Camellias” for Alfredo Germont, as perceived and set to music by Giuseppe Verdi through uniquely powerful melodies indelibly etched in the heart and mind, will come to life in a new production directed by Konstantinos Rigos.
Lisette Oropesa will interpret the role of Violetta Valéry. The rising Cuban-American soprano has created a sensation singing leading roles at the Covent Garden and the Paris Opera, and has also appeared at the MET; just before performing with the GNO, she will make her debut at Teatro alla Scala in Milan.
La Traviata will be the operatic debut of the director, choreographer and Greek National Opera’s Ballet Director, Konstantinos Rigos. Over his long career, apart from his choreographies, he has successfully directed large scale theatre performances such as Bossa Nova, Titanic, Red Lights and Wind (at the National Theatre), Romeo and Juliet, and great musical productions, like Cabaret, Rocky Horror Show, Erotokritos etc.
Twenty-one years since his emblematic choreography on The Lady of the Camellias at the Kalamata Dance Festival and the Amore Theatre, Konstantinos Rigos revisits the “famous courtesan of Parisian society”, with whom Alexander Dumas had an affair and for whom he wrote the operatic version of his play.