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Podcast: Behind the scenes with ENO's La Traviata

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Peter Konwitschny's highly filmic new staging of Verdi's La Traviata is now an opera in four "pictures": no interval, no grandstanding finales - not even Violetta's showstopping "Sempre libera" - but an intense and highly physical drama in which Verdi's original wish that his opera be a contemporary social statement is finally acknowledged.

A week away from moving the show into the London Coliseum, Edward Seckerson meets its leading lady - the young American soprano Corrine Winters - for an informal chat around how this already much talked about staging is shaping up.

Seckerson says: "She herself used the prize money from one of several important awards she has garnered to fly to London to audition. In keeping with the staging she's a throughly modern young performer, a thoroughly modern Violetta, who quotes Verdi on her Twitter account."

La Traviata runs at the London Coliseum from 2 February to 3 March 2013

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