Opera Philadelphia

Watch 8:00 p.m. Eastern / Friday, October 30, 2020

La traviata

Music by Giuseppe Verdi
Libretto by Francesco Maria Piave
Performed in Italian with English captions

In October 2015, rising soprano Lisette Oropesa made her role debut as Violetta in a new production of Verdi’s La traviata at the Academy of Music, serving notice that this would be one of the definitive roles of her career.

In a special look back, Opera Philadelphia presents the broadcast premiere of Paul Curran’s renowned production, co-starring tenor Alek Shrader and baritone Stephen Powell

Pay-per-view option: Rent La traviata for seven days for $20! Available for rent starting Friday, October 30 at 8:00 p.m. Also available on a Season Pass with unlimited access until May 31, 2021.

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La traviata video

Opera Philadelphia Channel

Dates are Oct 2020.

Fri, Oct 30 8:00 p.m.

Approx. 2 hrs and 20 min.

The digital premiere of La traviata has been made possible by Charlotte and Bob Watts

La traviata is underwritten in part by Mrs. Sandra K. Baldino

Maestro Corrado Rovaris’ engagement as the Jack Mulroney Music Director has been made possible by Mrs. John P. Mulroney

The 2015 HD broadcast of La traviata was made possible by the William Penn Foundation, PNC Arts Alive, and Wyncote Foundation

The Opera Philadelphia Orchestra has been underwritten by Alice and Walter Strine, Esqs

Production from Bucharest National Opera House

Cast & Creative Team

Corrado Rovaris
Corrado Rovaris Conductor Underwritten by Dr. Beverly Lange and Dr. Renato Baserga
Paul Curran
Paul Curran * Director
Lisette Oropesa
Lisette Oropesa * as Violetta Valéry Underwritten by Mr. Richard B. Worley and Ms. Leslie Anne Miller
Alek Shrader
Alek Shrader * as Alfredo Germont Underwritten by Ellen Berman Lee
Stephen Powell
Stephen Powell as Giorgio Germont Underwritten by Mr. Jonathan H. Sprogell and Ms. Kathryn Taylor and BNY Mellon Wealth Management
Daniel Mobbs
Daniel Mobbs as Baron Douphol
Jarrett Ott
Jarrett Ott as Marchese D’Obigny Underwritten by Constance C. Moore
Katherine Pracht
Katherine Pracht as Flora Bervoix
Roy Hage
Roy Hage as Gastone
Andrew Bogard
Andrew Bogard as Doctor Grenville Underwritten by Dr. Renée Rollin
Rachel Sterrenberg
Rachel Sterrenberg as Annina Underwritten by Judith Durkin Freyer and Charles C. Freyer
  • Gary McCann * Set & Costume Design
  • Paul Hackenmueller * Lighting Design
  • Elizabeth Braden Chorus Master
  • David Zimmerman Wig & Make-up Design
  • Becki Smith Stage Manager
  • Stephanie Havey Assistant Director
  • Gregory Boyle Assistant Stage Manager
  • Jen Shaw Assistant Stage Manager
  • *Opera Philadelphia debut
Giuseppe Verdi

The Composer

Giuseppe Verdi

Giuseppe Verdi was born in Italy in 1813, prior to Italian unification. Verdi produced many successful operas, including La Traviata, Falstaff and Aida, and became known for his skill in creating melody and his profound use of theatrical effect. His rejection of the traditional Italian opera for integrated scenes and unified acts earned him great fame.

Giuseppe Verdi died on January 27, 1901, in Milan. Composing over 25 operas throughout his career, he continues to be regarded today as one of the greatest Italian composers. His works have reportedly been performed more than any other performer's worldwide. Read more of Verdi's story.

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