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November
Verdi opera "La Traviata" to open on New Year's Eve
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A large-scale production of Verdi's opera, "La Traviata", jointly presented by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department and Opera Hong Kong will open in Hong Kong on New Year's Eve.

Performed in Italian with Chinese and English surtitles, the performances will start at 7.30pm from December 31 to January 4 (Friday to Tuesday) at the Grand Theatre, Hong Kong Cultural Centre.

The original set and costumes for this production were designed by Giovanni Agostinucci and co-produced by Opera Royal de Wallonie, Belgium, the Washington Opera and the Los Angeles Music Center Opera. The production has toured the world to high acclaim. Classic arias like "Libiamo, Tra voi sapro dividere" will touch the hearts of opera-goers.

Based on the play "La Dame aux Camelias" by Alexandre Dumas fils, "La Traviata", with music by Giuseppe Verdi and libretto by Francesco Maria Piave, presents a timeless interpretation of love crossing over social classes. Against the historical background of mid-19th Century France, where prostitution was common but condemned by "high society", the opera challenges the social conventions of the day.

Hong Kong audiences will warm to local tenor Warren Mok who, as producer, joins a strong production line-up including Joseph Rescigno as conductor and Maurizio di Mattia as director. The international cast includes rising stars, sopranos Olga Mykytenko and Eteri Lamoris, and the Opera Hong Kong Chorus, Hong Kong Sinfonietta and Hong Kong Dance Company.

Tickets priced at $680, $540, $400, $260 and $120 are available at URBTIX outlets. Half-price tickets are available for senior citizens, people with disabilities, full-time students and Comprehensive Social Security Assistance recipients. A 10% discount applies to Friends of LCSD performing venues. There will also be group booking discounts: 10% for four to nine tickets, 15% for 10 to 19 tickets and 20% for 20 tickets or more.

For programme enquiries, call 2268 7321 or visit http://www.lcsd.gov.hk/cp . Ticketing enquiries and reservations can be made on 2734 9009 and credit card telephone bookings on 2111 5999. Tickets can also be booked online at http://www.urbtix.hk .

Ends/Wednesday, November 17, 2004
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