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La Traviata on Sydney Harbour

Music & The Movies


Bristol Film Festival are delighted to announce the first in a series of event cinema screenings exploring opera on the silver screen, as part of our Music & The Movies series. We begin with Verdi’s classic opera La Traviata performed against the stunning backdrop of Sydney Harbour by Opera Australia.

Take your seats in the beautiful Chapter House at Bristol Cathedral for this atmospheric event. The evening begins with live music in the Cathedral’s cloisters, and the screening will be preceded by a fascinating insight into the opera from our guest speaker David Bednall.

La Traviata

2012 | U | 132 mins

Violetta is a high-class Parisian courtesan, who is slowly dying of consumption. After meeting the shy Alfredo at a party, the pair fall in love, and embark on a doomed attempt to live happily together. Verdi’s adaptation of this tragic love story has captivated audiences for generations.

This performance was the first in the series ‘Opera on The Harbour’, performed to a live audience on Sydney Harbour.

Starring: Emma Matthews | Gianluca Terranova

Director: Cameron Kirkpatrick

Company: Handa Opera


THEY SAY: “A spectacle within a spectacle [that] retains its essence as one of the most intimate, emotion-laden works in the repertoire.” Diana Simmonds, StageNoise, 2012

WE SAY: Tale as old as time … the high class courtesan falling in love with a man who loves her from afar, eventually dying tragically of consumption. Literally ‘The Fallen Woman’, Verdi’s opera, based on a novel by Alexander Dumas, was considered highly controversial and ‘untraditional’ amongst 19th Century audiences. Today, it remains a firm favourite, and this production, with its spectacular set and unique backdrop, is the perfect way to experience it, both for newcomers to the opera and for long-time fans.