Two stars shine in Traviata

Diana Tugui

Music critics generally describe La Traviata as Verdi's most daring opera. It would explain why at the time of its premiere the censorship demanded that the story be set in the previous century so that its contemporaries' sensibilities are protected. In reality, the composer unmasks the prejudice of his own society and time. La Traviata was first performed on 6 March 1853 in Gran Teatro La Fenice, Venice.

On 12 and 13 December the opera will make its return to the Sofia Opera and Ballet. The audience will have the privilege of watching two phenomenal singers in the role of Violetta - Diana Tugui from Romania and Maria Mudryak from Kazakhstan.

Romanian soprano Diana Tugui is a graduate of the National University of Music at Bucharest, a soloist at the Elena Teodorini Lyric Theatre, and a collaborator with many opera houses and philharmonics around the world. Her repertoire includes more than 15 main heroines: among them Pamina, Konstanze, Susanna, Liu, Musetta, Michaela, Gilda, Violetta Valery, Nanetta, Norina, Lucia, Adela, Fiametta, Valencienne. She has won numerous national and international competitions: Renata Tebaldi International Voice Competition, Jaume Aragall Concurs Internacional de Cant, Vox Artis International Competition, etc. She has been a soloist of the opera house in Craiova, Romania, since 2003.

Maria Mudryak made her debut on the stage of Arena di Verona in the role of Violetta Valery on 26 August 2018. Born in 1994 in Pavlodar, Kazakhstan, and of Russian descent, she moved to Italy at the age of 10 to pursue her vocal training. One year later she was admitted at the children's chorus of Teatro alla Scala. At the age of 14 she was accepted (an exception, due to her young age) at Conservatory Giuseppe Verdi in Milan, where she graduated with honours four years later. Additionally, she studied 10 years at Scuola Musicale di Milano under the tutelage of Carlo Gaifa. She is a winner of the 65th Aslico Competition for European Young Singers and has won The Opera Ball Award in Kazakhstan as well as the Third Price and the Audience Prize at Placido Domingo's prestigious Operalia Competition in 2017.

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