Violetta goes pole-dancing in desperate new gimmick

Violetta goes pole-dancing in desperate new gimmick


norman lebrecht

July 12, 2016

From the Melbourne Herald Sun:

OPERA and pole dancing will make an unlikely match in a contemporary take on the classic La Traviata to be performed at table top dancing venue The Men’s Gallery from Saturday.

Award winning Opera Australia director Julie Edwardson says taking the classic tale out of the theatre and presenting the story in a real-life contemporary setting should appeal to a broader audience….

As part of the mission to engage a new and younger audience to experience opera the shows are free to under 25’s.

opera pole dancer

Desperate? It’s full-frontal opera fail.


photo: Ian Currie


  • Emil Archambault says:

    Why? Have you seen it?

  • Samuel says:

    My mother is an opera lover and very open minded. She’s paid to see it, looking forward to hear her reportage.

  • Sonia Lovett says:

    Sounds interesting – look forward to hearing more about this

  • Marg says:

    Hasn’t had any coverage here in Sydney. First I’ve heard of it.


    Poshlost! Poshlost! Poshlost! They aught to come to America!

  • Stanley Cohen says:

    Bearing in mind that Verdi’s Traviata was the very first opera to have been set ‘in the present day’ I see no cause to criticise the mise en scene for this — for a change…


    Robert Carsen’s production at La Fenice was successful because it was a critique on the vulgarity of society, but this production here is vulgarity incarnate.