In Italian, with English subtitles
Michael Mayer’s richly textured new production features a dazzling 19th-century setting that changes with the seasons. Yannick Nézet-Séguin conducts soprano Diana Damrau as the tragic heroine, Violetta, and tenor Juan Diego Flórez as Alfredo, Violetta’s hapless lover. Baritone Quinn Kelsey is Alfredo’s father, Germont, who destroys their love.
With La Traviata, Verdi and Piave fashioned an opera from a play set in contemporary times—an exception in the composer’s long career. Dumas’s La Dame aux Camélias was a meditation on the author’s youthful affair with the celebrated prostitute Marie Duplessis, known as a sophisticated and well-read woman whose charms and tact far surpassed her station. The play is still staged today in its original form.
USA 2019, 187 min
(includes two 30 min intermissions)
Live performance opera
Conductor: Yannick Nézet-Séguin
Vocal cast: Diana Damrau, Juan Diego Flórez & Quinn Kelsey
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