Watch Verdi’s La traviata live online
The Opera Platform to screen free live performances of classic operas online
A new website, The Opera Platform, offers free online streams of opera performances from across the world.
As a way of tackling opera’s unfortunate reputation as ‘subsidised foreign vowels’ (thanks to The Thick of It), The Opera Platform strives to make opera more accessible, both for aficionados and those experimenting with opera for the first time. The EU-backed platform is working with 15 European operas across 12 countries, aiming to transmit one live performance per month. The events will then remain online for six months and are subtitled in six languages.
The first broadcast was Verdi’s La traviata, presented by Madrid’s Teatro Real – streamed live on Friday 8 May and available to view until November. The site also plans to put on documentaries and to broadcast highlights of global opera archives.
Verdi's tragedy is about a courtesan who can't escape her past (but, since she actually dies of tuberculosis, also can't escape the inattention of 19th century Paris' civic authorities to health and safety.) La traviata bombed on its first performance; not until a year later was it finally greeted as one of its composer's masterpieces, a reputation it maintains to the present day.
Future projects to be screened by The Opera Platform include Karol Szymanowski’s Krol Roger, live from Covent Garden and Mozart’s The Abduction from the Seraglio, as part of France’s Aix-en-Provence festival.