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La traviata
La traviata by Giuseppe Verdi

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LOVE BLOSSOMS IN WELLINGTON. 11-19 July, St James Theatre

Verdi’s heartfelt tale of a beautiful but fragile courtesan forced to give up the man of her dreams is the most performed opera in the world and an irresistible classic. Reckless love, masked revelry, family strife and self-sacrifice; La traviata is musical storytelling at its most spectacular recounted in a cascade of instantly recognisable tunes.

The Cast

This lavish new production stars Australian soprano Lorina Gore as Violetta Valéry with Scottish baritone David Stephenson as Giorgio Germont and Australian tenor Samuel Sakker as his son Alfredo. We welcome the return of the dynamic Creative Team who gave us an exquisite Madame Butterfly in 2013; Kate Cherry (Director), Christina Smith (Designer) and Matt Scott (Lighting Designer).

The Story

Violetta is one of the most desirable women in Paris. When she at last meets a young man with whom she truly falls in love, his father demands a supreme sacrifice from her to save the family's reputation. Her broken heart and the disease that ravages her body bring her to an early and tragic death.

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Accompanied by the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra and Orchestra Wellington. 

Featuring the Chapman Tripp Opera Chorus.

A co-production between New Zealand Opera, The State Opera of South Australia and Opera Queensland. 

Sung in Italian with English surtitles.

- Lorina Gore's performance is proudly supported by The Friedlander Foundation.
- Samuel Sakker's performance is proudly supported by Trevor and Jan Farmer.
Rachelle Pike's performance is proudly supported by John and Margaret Hunn.
Wade Kernot's performance is proudly supported by Wellington Friends of the Opera.
- Wendy Doyle's performance is proudly supported by Auckland Friends of the Opera.



June 19—29

ASB Theatre, Aotea Centre

  • Thursday 19
  • Saturday 21
  • Wednesday 25
  • Friday 27
  • Sunday 29
Pre-show Talks

21, 25, 27 June 6.30pm, 29 June 1.30pm
Air New Zealand foyer, Level 5, Aotea Centre

Opera Exposed & Friends Night

25 June from 6.30pm

Dinner option Auckland

In Auckland enjoy a superb two course meal and glass of wine at Hotel DeBrett’s award winning Kitchen Restaurant. Pre-Opera dinner packages are available at $45 per person (book now with Hotel DeBrett on 09 969 1545).


July 11—19

St James Theatre

  • Friday 11
  • Sunday 13
  • Tuesday 15
  • Thursday 17
  • Saturday 19
Pre-show Talks

13 July 1.30pm; 15 July 5pm; 17, 19 July 6.30pm
Hospitality Suite, 1st Floor gallery, St James Theatre

Opera Exposed & Friends Night

15 July from 5pm

Dinner option Wellington

In our capital city, Wellington, enjoy a fabulous pre-Opera Bistro meal with the ever-wonderful Logan Brown Restaurant for $49.50 per person (book now with Logan Brown on 04 801 5114).

La traviata flyer

La traviata flyer


Lorina GoreSamuel SakkerDavid Stephenson Jared HoltWade Kernot Kieran RaynerDavid HibbardOliver SewellAndrew Grenon Wendy Doyle Laurence Walls Rachelle Pike

Lorina Gore Violetta Valéry

Samuel Sakker Alfredo Germont Read bio

David Stephenson Giorgio Germont

Jared Holt Baron Duphol

Wade Kernot Marchese d'Obigny

Kieran Rayner Marchese (13, 15 July)

David Hibbard Doctor Grenvil

Oliver Sewell Gastone (A)

Andrew Grenon Gastone (W); Giuseppe (A)

Wendy Doyle Annina

Laurence Walls Giuseppe (W)

Rachelle Pike Flora Read bio

Samuel Sakker

Background Born in Australia. Attended the Queensland Conservatorium where he graduated with a Bachelor of Music (2008). Began his singing career as a chorister and understudy for Opera Queensland (2006) and went on to join Opera Australia’s full time chorus while also understudying and performing roles (2008). The recipient of several awards and scholarships including: the More Than Opera German-Australian Opera Grant (2010), the Dame Nellie Melba Opera Trust (2011–12), the Herald Sun Aria Competition (2013) and the Australian International Opera Awards (2014). And this year he commences as a Jette Parker Young Artist at the Royal Opera House, London. Repertoire Alfredo: La traviata, Baroncelli: Rienzi (Melbourne Opera); Fenton: Falstaff, Young Servant: Elektra (West Australian Opera); Trin: La Fanciulla del West (Opera Queensland); Don Ottavio: Don Giovanni (OzOpera tour); Giuseppe: La traviata, Charles Edward/Judge/Inquisitor/Cosmetic Merchant: Candide, Managing Director: Bliss, Servant: Capriccio (Opera Australia). Concert appearances tenor soloist, London Calling concert season (Sydney Symphony Orchestra), soloist, the 2010 New Year’s Eve Gala (Opera Australia), soloist, the Verdi 100th Birthday Gala (Melbourne Opera) and Bottesini’s Messa da Requiem (Brisbane Festival).

Samuel Sakker

Rachelle Pike

Winner of the 2014 Metropolitan Opera National Council Connecticut District Auditions, Rachelle Pike hails from Christchurch, New Zealand. Recent activities include: Auntie (Peter Grimes) and selections from the Wesendonck Lieder, Chautauqua Opera; Freemasons Dame Malvina Major Young Artist as Flora (La traviata) New Zealand Opera; Eva cover (Comedy on the Bridge) by Martinů and ensemble (Baden-Baden) 1927, Gotham Chamber Opera, NY; Priyàmvada cover (Sakùntala) with Teatro Grattaceilo; Countess Ceprano and Maddalena cover (Rigoletto), Opera Santa Barbara. Other roles include Mercedes (Carmen), Die Dreite Dame (Die Zauberflöte); Hänsel (Hänsel und Gretel) Samira (The Ghosts of Versailles); and, Begbick (Aufsteig und Fall der Stadt Mahagonny.)

She is a recent graduate from the Manhattan School of Music with a Masters in Music in Professional Studies. Prior to that she received her undergraduate degree from the University of Canterbury and became a member of New Zealand Opera’s Emerging Artist program.

Rachelle Pike


Emmanuel Joel-HornakKate CherryChristina SmithMatt Scott

Emmanuel Joel-Hornak Conductor

Kate Cherry Director

Christina Smith Set & Costume Designer

Matt Scott Lighting Designer