Those in charge of the Lyceum are facing the final stretch of the rehearsals of “The Traviata” without stopping looking at the mobile for a moment. Between now and tomorrow they should receive a call from Procicat, the body that dictates sanitary measures in Catalonia, to inform them if they must maintain the capacity of 21.8% – a maximum of five hundred people – or if they can fill half the seats. It depends on this decision whether or not they can accommodate all their subscribers in the planned functions.
For the artistic director of the center, Victor Garcia de Gomar, “There is an arithmetic error the health authorities should correct with a little sense”, because “we cannot be compared with other rooms where perhaps there is contact between people in the public and they have not adopted our protocols.”
Healing in health, yesterday the team announced new functions of the verdi opera. Even the premiere has been brought forward a day, and it will be this Friday, instead of Saturday, as planned. All will start between six and seven in the afternoon, to comply with the curfew and allow the spectators to return home. In addition, more sessions have been put on during the week to avoid that the district confinement on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays is an inconvenience.
Once all the pitfalls derived from the pandemic have been saved, “La Traviata” that can be seen will have exceptional protagonists. To the already planned Kristina Mkhitaryan Pretty Yende and Lisette Oropesa were recently added, replacing Rosa Feola. Yesterday the list was expanded with another star: Ermonela Jaho will also play Violetta, only in the last show of the year, on December 30.
In the presentation of the production, Oropesa, who in July triumphed at the Teatro Real singing this same role, highlighted that each soprano has a personal reading of Violetta. “For me the most important thing is to teach that she is a strong woman, but also a person who loves a lot,” he explained, adding: “In the first act she is denying love, because she has only known the power of money, but when Alfredo arrives realizes the power of love ».
Smart and polite
For Yende, the key is to give her full dimension to a woman who is smart and educated, for whom Verdi draws “in each act a unique identity”, according to her psychological evolution. This wealth makes, according to the musical director, Speranza Scappucci, that “Every time the score is opened, new details are found that had not been previously appreciated”. “In Italy we say,” he joked, “that you can’t learn La Traviata, you can only get to know it.” Pavol Breslik and Dimitri Korchak will be Alfredo in this staging, signed by David McVicar and which could already be seen at the Liceo five seasons ago.