La Traviata Is The Opera You Need To See In 2020

By Isabella Bull December 10, 2019

Its the story that inspired Moulin Rouge.​

The globally-renowned spectacular of La Traviata is returning to the Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour in March and April 2020, and trust us when we say it’s essential viewing.

It's not the world's most popular opera for nothing.

The story follows Violetta, a beautiful and carefree courtesan with a heavy secret. Torn between undying love and an impossible choice, La Traviata is the tale of joy and heartache that inspired Moulin Rouge.

The production will premiere on the iconic Fleet Steps stage on the 27th March 2020, helmed by director Constantine Costi. 

NSW Minister for Tourism Stuart Ayres says the production is unmissable (and we have to agree with him there).

“This event is like no other – combining world-class performances, colourful costumes, majestic sets with the unbeatable backdrop of Sydney Harbour,” Mr Ayres said.

“Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour is regarded as a must-see event on our state’s cultural calendar… I have no doubt the return of the quintessential opera La Traviata will be bigger and better than ever before.”

Brian Thomson will return as set designer with a new vision of Verdi’s classic to take your breath away - including the 10,000-crystal-heavy, 9-metre-tall chandelier that shimmered over the stage in 2012.

La Traviata is set to be the perfect night out on the Harbour, with an impressive range of themed dining and drinking options that make the most of the magnificent harbour views.

"Raise your glass, flutter those lashes. He’s staring at you, he’s singing for you… Are you tempted?"

For more information and to purchase tickets and dining packages, head to www.opera.org.au.

Image: Supplied/Georges Antoni, Giphy