Special mention should go to principal clarinet Timothy Orpen

Special mention should go to principal clarinet Timothy Orpen

Opera Wire, Benjamin Poore

Richard Eyre’s production of “La Traviata” is celebrating its 25th year at the Royal Opera House, having proved itself a rock-solid box office winner alongside John Copley’s recently retired production of “La bohème”.

This season will see 20 performances of it with three conductors and four casts, so Londoners will not be short on opportunities to see Verdi’s social melodrama after Dumas fils’ “La Dame aux Camélias”.

Special mention should go to principal clarinet Timothy Orpen whose solo as Violetta writes her letter of farewell to Alfredo was pure understated plangency, powerfully spare and desolate.