La Traviata is considered by many to be a starting point for savoring the true pleasure of opera.
This production premiered as the opening production of the 2002/2003 season. Luca Ronconi, one of Italy's leading opera directors, has created a beautiful and cerebral production. He has made a reputation for presenting meticulous emotional portraits, and this work shows a consistent fluidity, expressed through the actions of the characters and quality of continuity. For scene changes, the equipment onstage slides to shift from scenes of high society to the isolation of Violetta's bedroom. The way the feelings of the characters shift with the passage of time is masterfully portrayed. This production will mark the NNTT debut for Patrizia Ciofi, known for her strong performances as Violetta, and Wookyung Kim (as Alfredo), an Asian singer who is making his mark on the world stage. Conducting will be Hirokami Jun'ichi, one of the leading conductors of his generation, also in his first appearance at the NNTT. This collection of Japanese and international talent will deliver an exquisite musical experience.