Gala Performance, Monday 21 June at 7.30pm
Tickets: £95 

Join SITraN for a very special Gala performance of Verdi’s much-loved opera, La traviata, bought to you by London’s most innovative opera company, Opera Holland Park.

Working within Covid-19 guidelines, this uplifting production will be staged under a newly designed open-air canopied auditorium, with a reduced capacity of 400 seats to accommodate social distancing.

A full refund will be available if the event has to be cancelled due to Covid-19. To ensure your visit is COVID-19 secure, we will be adopting Opera Holland Park’s Covid-19 policies for the evening, which can be viewed here

If you are interested in becoming a sponsor or taking advertising in the Gala Programme for the evening, please contact Jonathan Stone by emailing

If you are unable to attend, please consider making a donation to support SITraN’s new translational neuroscience centre here or by calling 0114 222 5598.


Booking Information 

All remaining tickets are now priced at £95, excluding additional donation and picnic suppers. There are only a limited number of tickets available so book soon to avoid disappointment!

All tickets purchased before 14 June £225 including donation, £125 excluding donation) will include a gourmet picnic supper and wine, served in your seat after the performance. These tickets include a £100 suggested donation. 

Bookings must be only of a group from the same household or a legally-defined support bubble. The online seating plan will be divided into pre-sized household bubbles. When selecting seats, you will be able to select only all of the seats in a given bubble. If you are arranging tickets for a larger group from separate households, please select seats that represent the number of different households for which you are ordering.


About SITraN

Neurological disorders are the world’s leading cause of disability. There are currently no effective treatments for any of the neurodegenerative conditions that give rise to devastating diseases like Motor Neurone Disease, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and Multiple Sclerosis. The University of Sheffield is at the leading edge of developing new technologies and therapies to address the human burden of chronic neurological disorders.

The best research demands the best environment. We are proposing to extend SITraN by building a new state of the art translational neuroscience centre in the heart of our scientific community. SITraN2 will enhance our teaching and research programmes, enabling us to sustain and accelerate the progress we are making in addressing chronic neurological disorders.

We offer patients the greatest breath of experimental clinical trials for neurological conditions in the United Kingdom. Medicine is evolving, with advanced therapies and personalised treatment approaches. SITraN2, close to our clinical imaging and research Infrastructure, will allow us to expand our drug discovery programmes and invest in new promising areas of cutting edge science and experimental medicine.


La traviata Cast and Creative Team 

Conductor Matthew Kofi Waldren
Director Rodula Gaitanou
Designer Cordelia Chisholm
Lighting Designer Simon Corder

Violetta Lauren Fagan
Alfredo Matteo Desole
Giorgio Germont Stephen Gadd
Flora Laura Woods
Annina Ellie Edmonds
Gastone Mike Bradley
Barone Douphol Nicholas Garrett
Marchese d’Obigny David Stephenson
Dottore Grenvil Henry Grant Kerswell



“Rodula Gaitanou tells the story with clarity and a lack of sensation, but there is a lot more going on than that. The characters are well defined, the chorus groupings perfectly handled, and every detail of the staging is a delight. Designer Cordelia Chisholm’s fin-de-siècle set is a cleverly versatile shape that can become a ballroom, a conservatory or a bedroom, while always looking beautiful and helping to throw the voices forward. It is a long time since any La traviata looked and felt as beguiling as this.” – Richard Fairman, Financial Times ★★★★

“Fagan, one of today’s finest young sopranos, is exceptional throughout and a superb actor. Her tone blazes with existential defiance and desperation, and she possesses both the agility for Act One – Sempre Libera is capped a dazzling top E flat – and the dramatic weight for the closing scenes.”– Tim Ashley for The Guardian ★★★★

“In Lauren Fagan this new production has a Violetta of considerable force, plangent tones and solid dramatic instincts.” – Geoff Brown, The Times ★★★★

“Director Rodula Gaitanou is sensitive to every nuance of Verdi’s tragedy.” – Clare Colvin, Sunday Express ★★★★★

“One of the most moving Traviatas I have seen.” – David Mellor, The Mail on Sunday ★★★★

“Nothing could have undermined the straightforward solidity of Rodula Gaitanou’s “classical” production of Verdi’s La traviata, showcasing the remarkable debut, as Violetta Valéry, of the London-based Australian soprano Lauren Fagan.” – Hugh Canning, The Sunday Times ★★★★