Fallen women are on the rise

La Traviata - part of the WNO season, at MK Theatre from Tuesday
La Traviata - part of the WNO season, at MK Theatre from Tuesday

Women Behaving Badly is the name of the game at MK Theatre this week with the return of Welsh National Opera, which presents its spring season from Tuesday.

Three operas are for the taking – La Traviata, Manon Lescaut and Boulevard Solitude.

Each follows the stories of three women whose different paths lead them astray.

Human trafficking, exploitation and a world of glamour and capitalism will be covered, proving that the subjects are every bit as relevant and familiar in the here and now as they were when they were first written.

Verdi’s tear-jerker La Traviata will complete the trilogy.

“The obsession of 19th century music, literature and the visual arts with she who has strayed from the path may have embodied a degree of hyprocrisy, but it also inspired some of the most heartfelt musical expression of human sympathy,” explains David Pountney, WNOs artistic director and the man behind this production.

“The hyrocrisy lies in permitting the audience the titillation of watching a woman behaving badly for three acts on the condition that she points up the moral by dying miserably in the fouth.

“The males in the audience in 19th century Paris were not above visiting such women themselves, but they still demanded that their wives and daughters were presented with an elevating moral lesson,” he added.

Tickets are on sale from the box office on 0844 871 7652, or visit www.atg.tickets.com/miltonkeynes

LA TRAVIATA: Jason Howard as Giorgio Germant and Joyce El-Khoury as Violetta in the classic, below