By David Salazar
The Northern Ireland Opera is set to present Verdi’s “La Traviata” starting in September 2022.
The production will be headlined by soprano Siobhann Stagg, tenor Noah Stewart, and baritone Yuriy Yurchuk. Other cast members include Ellen Mawhinney, Owen Lucas, Margaret Bridge, and Graeme Danby. The Verdi classic will be directed by Cameron Menzies and conductor Rebecca Lang with choreography by Isabel Baquero.
“La Traviata sees the welcome return of opera to the Grand Opera House, Belfast and the first collaboration with our esteemed colleagues at the Ulster Orchestra since before the pandemic. Northern Ireland Opera are extremely proud to be showcasing some of our best local operatic talent and to welcome our international guests to the world premiere of this new production,” said Menzies, whose previous work with the company includes productions of “La Bohème,” “Into the Woods,” and “Old Friends And Other Days.” “It is such a wonderful privilege to be able to create opera at its very highest level with our exciting collaborators.”
Performances kick off on Sept. 10 and run through the 17th, 2022 at the Grand Opera House in Belfast.
“I am delighted to welcome back Northern Ireland Opera for the first time since the Grand Opera House was restored, with one of the most sumptuous and beautiful operas ever written. Opera has been a key part of the programme here for more than 125 years, and we are looking forward to seeing Siobhan and the other cast members follow in the footsteps of Luciano Pavarotti, Nellie Melba and many other great singers who have performed on the Grand Opera House stage,” added Ian Wilson, Grand Opera House Chief Executive.