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La traviata

Music by Giuseppe Verdi
Libretto by Francesco Maria Piave
Performed in Italian with English supertitles
Opera at the Academy

Short-lived love

In Verdi’s classic work, Parisian courtesan Violetta surrenders her last hope of personal happiness for the sake of her lover Alfredo’s reputation. Though she is a “fallen woman,” Verdi’s empathetic and vivid score maintains her dignity and the audience’s compassion. Daring production choices encourage modernity and tradition to collide via a golden-hued Baroque stage and a midcentury fashion sensibility. This bold setting creates a unique canvas upon which to experience an unforgettable La traviata.

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Dates are Oct. 2015.

Fri, Oct 2 8:00 p.m.
Sun, Oct 4 2:30 p.m.
Wed, Oct 7 7:30 p.m.
Fri, Oct 9 8:00 p.m.
Sun, Oct 11 2:30 p.m.

Approx. 2 hrs 53 min.
Includes two 20 min intermissions

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

A Ciao Philadelphia Featured Event

Production from Bucharest National Opera House

Cast & Creative Team

Internationally recognized, historically assembled

Corrado Rovaris
Corrado RovarisConductor
Paul Curran
Paul Curran *Director
Lisette Oropesa
Lisette Oropesa *as Violetta Valéry
Alek Shrader
Alek Shrader *as Alfredo Germont
Stephen Powell
Stephen Powell as Giorgio Germont
Daniel Mobbs
Daniel Mobbsas Baron Douphol
Jarrett Ott
Jarrett Ottas Marchese D’Obigny
Katherine Pracht
Katherine Pracht as Flora Bervoix
Roy Hage
Roy Hageas Gastone
Andrew Bogard
Andrew Bogardas Doctor Grenville
Rachel Sterrenberg
Rachel Sterrenbergas Annina
  • 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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