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