Tragedy – The Backstage World of Opera North

Artist and film-maker Lynne Marsh has captured the world behind the stage at Opera North, whilst a live performance of Verdi’s La traviata was being performed on the stage of Leeds Grand Theatre five years ago.

The narrative unfolds in parallel with the ‘real time’ of the opera, revealing those elements of the production which are usually hidden. She explores the performance from the perspectives of technicians, stage managers, dressers and others as she reveals the mechanics which create what happens on stage.

You can enter this world to see for yourself via BBC iPlayer until 24 July. It’s part of the BBC Arts Culture in Quarantine season. Here it is.

Director Lynne Marsh
Cinematographer    Margaret Salmon
Field Producer     William Rose
Sound Recordist    Tom Sedgewick
Camera Assistant     Izzy Brittle
Editors     Mathieu Bouchard-Malo and Lynne Marsh
Sound Mix    Benjamin Hurd
Colourist     Sue Giovanni

A special thank you to the Opera North company, cast, chorus, orchestra and technical crew for their gracious participation in the filming of this project.

Opera North cast and creative team

La traviata (Giuseppe Verdi), Winter 2015

Violetta Valery Anna Jeruc-Kopec
Alfredo Germont Ji-Min Park
Giorgio Germont Stephen Gadd
Annina Louise Collett
Flora Bervoix Victoria Sharp
Gastone Daniel Norman
Baron Douphol Peter Savidge
Doctor Grenvil Dean Robinson
Marquis d’Obigny Nicholas Butterfield
Giuseppe Paul Rendall
Messenger Dominic Barberi
Flora’s Servant Ross McInroy

Chorus of Opera North

Orchestra of Opera North

Conductor Oliver von Dohnányi
Director Alessandro Talevi
Set & Costume Designer Madeleine Boyd
Lighting Designer Matthew Haskins
Movement Victoria Newlyn
Video Designer Gemma Burditt

Photograph shows Victoria Sharp (Flora Bervoix) backstage. Provided by Opera North.

Stay Informed

Stay Informed

Further reading


Get Involved

Leeds Living is run entirely by volunteers with contributions from the community. We are an open platform and welcome anyone with an interest in Leeds, to get involved.

Stay Informed


Until you tell us otherwise we’ll now send you irregular emails packed full of all things Leeds.

You can stop this anytime you like and we’ll never use your email address for any other reason or share it with anyone.