La Traviata

Giuseppe Verdi
  • Saturday, April 7, 2018 at Seven O'Clock PM
  • Century II Concert Hall

Overview

The Story

“La Traviata” tells of a young courtesan who attracts an ardent young admirer. Under pressure from his family, she reluctantly agrees to sacrifice her happiness to save his reputation and pushes the young man away. Once he realizes what happened, he returns to her side with only enough time to say a heartbreaking farewell.

What People Are Saying

“full of the most gorgeous music and heartfelt melodies..”

“La Traviata’ is full of the most gorgeous music and heartfelt melodies, but there is a fanciful story behind what we see on the stage today; a story, sometimes forgot.” Parvan Bakardiev Artistic Director, Wichita Grand Opera

“bends his effortlessly fluid tenor into a powerful romantic chemistry with Violetta...”

“Cody Austin, as Alfredo, bends his effortlessly fluid tenor into a powerful romantic chemistry with Violetta in his Virginia operatic debut.” Lyric Opera of Virginia The Richmond Times

Its History

A poignant and heartfelt tale of love and loss, “La Traviata”, as we know it now thanks to Verdi’s masterful score, originated from the novel “La Dame aux Camelias,” written in 1848 by Alexandre Dumas, the son of the author of “The Three Musketeers.”

Dumas, after realizing the popularity and potential of his story, wrote a version with the same title for live theatre. Following the instant success of “La Dame aux Camelias” at the Theatre du Vaudeville in Paris, Verdi immediately set the story to music and the rest was operatic history. Even now, “La Dame aux Camelias,” or “Camille” as it is known in the English-speaking world, is still seen on stage, with 16 versions having been performed in Broadway theatres.

But it is Hollywood’s adaptation of “La Traviata,” best known as the blockbuster hit “Pretty Woman” starring Julia Roberts and Richard Gere, that has had this beautiful story to everyday knowledge. Verdi’s masterful score can even be heard in the blockbuster, as Roberts’ and Gere’s characters attend opera performance of “La Traviata”.

Setting and Synopsis

Setting

Paris, 1850s

Synopsis

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The Cast

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