La traviata as chamber opera

July 11, 2019

I’ve just had the pleasure to join the newly founded opera company Compagnia Nuova on their tour to Menaggio, Lago di Como, Italy

As I’ve always been interested in chamber opera, and a visit to the Como region, it wasn’t hard for me to accept the offer to sing Flora/Annina with them. The reduction of the big Verdi opera la traviata to a 90′ version (the company offers a 150′ version too) for five singers works amazingly well and was a lot of fun to work with. The team behind the company is impressive as well. I am glad to have got to know them and will follow the company with curiosity in the future.

The performance took place open air at the beautiful estate of Villa Vigoni, a very interesting centre for “european excellence” and German- Italian exchange. The short thunderstorm in the early evening, shortly before start, didn’t scare people off and the performance had more than 600 very concentrated audience members.

It was one of those blissful evenings you remember.