La traviata returns to La Scala in Liliana Cavani's beautiful 1990 production with sets by three-time Oscar winner Dante Ferretti, and the sumptuous costumes of Gabriella Pescucci. As always, the run is sold out. However, the artists involved have agreed with the theatre in giving the proceeds for a special preview performance to help those affected by the devastating earthquakes that continue to strike central Italy.
The funds raised will go toward a project to help children, who have seen their schools, playgrounds and sports facilities destroyed.
On 26 February at 7pm Ailyn Perez is Violetta, Francesco Meli sings Alfredo Germont and the great Leo Nucci plays Giorgio Germont.
Seats are available at €55 in the boxes through to €137 for a stalls seat, which is approximately half the normal price.
Graham Spicer is a writer, director and photographer in Milan, blogging (under the name ‘Gramilano') about dance, opera, music and photography for people “who are a bit like me and like some of the things I like”. He was a regular columnist for Opera Now magazine and wrote for the BBC until transferring to Italy.
His scribblings have appeared in various publications from Woman's Weekly to Gay Times, and he wrote the ‘Danza in Italia' column for Dancing Times magazine.