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Lifting the Curtain: Valentino and Sofia Coppola’s Glittering La Traviata Opening Night

Tonight in the Eternal City, Valentino Garavani and Giancarlo Giammetti’s collaboration with Teatro dell’Opera di Roma will be unveiled to the public. A new chapter of the storied opera La Traviata will showcase stage costumes designed by the House of Valentino. Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli, creative directors of Valentino, designed 120 costumes for the cast, chorus, and for the mezzo-soprano “Flora;” while soprano “Violetta’s” costumes are designed by Valentino Garavani and crafted in the Maison’s atelier. Sofia Coppola—the American director behind Marie-Antoinette—will see her debut as a lyrical opera director.

La Traviata is a classical opera by Giuseppe Verdi (composed in 1853 and revised in 1854) set in three acts and based on the novel La dame aux Camélias (1852) by French author Alexandre Dumas. The story recounts an impassioned and doomed love affair between Violetta (interpreted by Francesca Dotto and Maria Grazia Schiavo) and Alfredo (interpreted by Antonio Poli and Arturo Chacón-Cruz). Maestro Jader Bignamini—the associate director of the Verdi Orchestra in Milan—will lead the orchestra while production designer Nathan Crowley oversees the set design (he of Batman Begins and The Dark Knight).

Valentino Garavani has long been enamored with the world of opera, particularly its potential for blending the timeless with the contemporary. Click through the gallery for photos from the spectacular avant-premiere and see Keira Knightley, Kim Kardashian West, Kanye West, Monica Bellucci, and Christian Louboutin celebrate one the world’s most extraordinary operas as seen through the eyes of some of today’s most notable contemporaries, and supported by the Fondazione Valentino Garavani and Giancarlo Giammetti.

La Traviata: From May 24th until June 30th at the Teatro dell’Opera di Roma, Rome, Italy.

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