24 June 2023

La traviata

La traviata

Ford & Etal Estates is hosting two open-air opera performances this summer in the spectacular setting of Ford Castle courtyard. Tonight Opera Brava, Britain’s leading outdoor touring opera company, will present La traviata.


Verdi’s La traviata, is set in bohemian Paris and follows a tragic tale of passion between Alfredo and the consumptive courtesan Violetta, which threatens to shame the young man’s family. The music is full of extravagant melody and rich in operatic favourites such as and the famous Brindisi exuberant Sempre libera.


This production brings out all the emotional colour, from the first discovery of love, through painful confrontation to the inevitable conclusion. It is sung in English and the role of Violetta is performed by the Polish/Scottish soprano Natasha Day.


Bring rugs, and your own chairs for comfort. we will have porters to help you carry your things. Gates open at 5.30pm so you can relax and enjoy this incredible setting and feel the atmosphere build in the run up to this very special open-air performance which begins at 7:30pm.

There is no bar so you will need to bring your own drinks for the evening. You can bring your own picnic, or you can order a special picnic box from The Orde Food Company to be delivered on the night. Picnic boxes cost £16, full details below. Order picnic boxes as an ‘Add-on’ via Eventbrite either when you book your tickets, or separately at a later date. Booking link below.


Picnic Box

Starter: Crudités, olives, hot smoked salmon & dill pate, chicken liver pate bruschetta, Mackies crisps.

Main: Ham hock sausage roll, roast chicken and pesto mayonnaise focaccia.

Dessert: Strawberry & mint meringue, salted caramel brownie bites.

Fentimans drink.

Vegan picnic box: 

Starter: Crudités, olives, aubergine & mint salsa, butterbean pesto bruschetta, Mackies crisps.

Main: Sweet potato & pumpkin, kale, spinach, chickpeas, turmeric vegan mayo & pomegranate seeds, grilled courgette & pepper, hummus & basil focaccia.

Dessert: Strawberry & mint vegan meringue.

Fentimans drink.

General admission: £40, plus booking fee.
Child (15 and under): £20, plus booking fee.

Tickets can be purchased online at: eventbrite


We suggest that you check the weather forecast on the day so that you can dress appropriately, please remember to bring torches as it will be dark when you leave and the car park will be unlit.


Car parking will be available in a nearby field, it is a short walk from here to the castle. There are disabled parking spaces on a hard surface and these can be reserved when you book your ticket.


No dogs.


This Opera Brava event is sponsored by Ford & Etal Estates and Savills.





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