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La Traviata La Traviata

Composed by Giuseppe Verdi

Conducted by James Conlon

June 1 - 22

An original LA Opera production

At the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion

Experience the glamour and romance of Verdi's essential opera about a beautiful courtesan who dedicates her remaining days to decadent parties in the face of certain death.

Final Performance this Saturday, June 22 at 7:30pm

High-flying Violetta lives like every day is her last. In the glitz and glamour of the Art Deco era, she fills her nights with crazy parties and her days with rich admirers who reward her with anything she wants. Enter a nice man declaring his true love for her. Get in line, she thinks—but then, bam! She falls for this one, hard and fast. He's great and completely cool with her past. (If only everyone else were too.) In a twist of fate, Violetta must face a heart-breaking sacrifice, one that will surely doom her last chance at happiness.

"The audience loved it.  The singing shimmers... The sets are luxurious appointed and lighted, and the fashions are flashy and often gorgeous."

Los Angeles Times

Cast

Violetta
Adela Zaharia
Alfredo (June 1-13)
Rame Lahaj
Alfredo (June 16-22)
Charles Castronovo
Germont (June 1-13)
Vitaliy Bilyy
Germont (June 16-22)
Igor Golovatenko
Gastone
Alok Kumar
Baron Douphol
Wayne Tigges
Marchese d'Obigny
Doctor Grenvil
Christopher Job
Annina
Erica Petrocelli
Flora
Peabody Southwell
Solo Dancer
Louis A. Williams, Jr.

Creative Team

Conductor
James Conlon
Director / Designer
Marta Domingo
Lighting
Alan Burrett
Chorus Director
Grant Gershon
Choreographer
Kitty McNamee

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Synopsis

Act I
Violetta throws a party attended by her wealthy lover Baron Douphol along with her friend Flora, a fellow courtesan, and Gastone, a young aristocrat. Gastone introduces Violetta to his friend Alfredo Germont. Gastone invites Alfredo to offer a drinking song, and Alfredo sings the praises of wine and the love it inspires. Violetta joins him, urging everyone to enjoy the fleeting pleasures of love and life.

As the guests sit down to dinner, Violetta suddenly feels faint, an unwelcome reminder of her quickly declining health. Alfredo urges her to abandon her exhausting way of life. He tells her that he has loved her since the moment he first saw her. Violetta tactfully suggests that she is not the kind of woman he should get deeply involved with; nonetheless, she invites Alfredo to visit her again. When her guests have left, Violetta muses over Alfredo's declaration of love. Disturbed to discover that her own emotions have been deeply stirred, she resolves to forget Alfredo and devote herself to the shallow pleasures of the courtesan’s world.

Act II
Several months later, Alfredo is now living with Violetta in her country house. He is ashamed to discover that she has been secretly selling her possessions to pay their bills.

Violetta receives an invitation from Flora to a party in Paris, a reminder of the life Violetta has left behind for Alfredo. An unexpected visitor arrives: Giorgio Germont, Alfredo’s father. Germont asks her for a great sacrifice: Alfredo's sister is engaged, but her marriage prospects are threatened by Alfredo’s scandalous association with Violetta. Germont convinces her that leaving Alfredo would be the most selfless thing she could do for his family. Knowing that she is mortally ill, Violetta makes the heartrending decision to give up her happiness for the sake of the Germont family. She writes two letters: the first is an acceptance of Flora’s invitation; the second is addressed to Alfredo.

When Alfredo returns, Violetta attempts to disguise her agitation. Desperately assuring him of her love, she leaves for Paris. Left alone, Alfredo reads Violetta’s letter, which informs him that she is leaving him and returning to Baron Douphol. Germont returns to console his son. Unaware of Violetta’s sacrifice, Alfredo vows revenge for her apparent faithlessness.

That evening, Flora’s guests are entertained by masqueraders dressed as gypsies and matadors. Alfredo arrives, alone; Violetta enters shortly afterward with Baron Douphol. Alfredo goes to the card table, where he is soon joined by the Baron. Alfredo’s good luck at gambling is unmatched. Violetta privately begs Alfredo to leave. Furious, he insults her in front of everyone, throwing his winnings at her as “payment” for their time together. The elder Germont comes in, joining the assembled crowd in expressing their outrage at Alfredo's shocking behavior.

Act III
Violetta is now dying, alone and impoverished. She reads a letter from Giorgio Germont: Alfredo had fled abroad after wounding Baron Douphol in a duel, but now that he knows the true circumstances of Violetta’s sacrifice, he is on his way back to her. When he returns, the lovers are reunited with tender words. Giorgio Germont also comes to visit, filled with remorse at how things turned out, but there is nothing to be done. Violetta feels a sudden rush of exhilaration: her pain disappears and she dies.

Approximate running time: two hours, 55 minutes, including two intermissions.

Click here to read Music Director James Conlon's note on La Traviata.

An original LA Opera production.

Production made possible with generous support from
The Alfred and Claude Mann Fund, in honor of Plácido Domingo
Tarasenka Pankiv Fund (Tara Colburn)
The Jane and Peter Hemmings Production Fund, a gift from the Flora L. Thornton Trust
and
Rolex

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