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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.

The Opera Philadelphia Channel presents the digital premiere of Paul Curran’s renowned production, featuring newly remixed audio, co-starring tenor Alek Shrader and baritone Stephen Powell. The stream purchase includes "La traviata: Five Years Later," a program with the artists of La traviata, hosted by Opera Philadelphia Artistic Advisor Lawrence Brownlee, who look back on the five-year anniversary of the production.

Opera Philadelphia has partnered with Art-Reach, Inc. and Nicole Sardella to provide Audio Description for this production. Learn more>>

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La traviata video

Opera Philadelphia Channel

Dates are 2020 - 2023.

Approx. 2 hrs and 20 min.

Available with a Season Pass or seven-day rental.

The Opera Philadelphia Channel has been made possible by the Disosway Foundation, Inc. and by Wyncote Foundation

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 RovarisConductor 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 Mobbsas Baron Douphol
Jarrett Ott
Jarrett Ottas Marchese D’Obigny Underwritten by Constance C. Moore
Katherine Pracht
Katherine Pracht as Flora Bervoix
Roy Hage
Roy Hageas Gastone
Andrew Bogard
Andrew Bogardas Doctor Grenville Underwritten by Dr. Renée Rollin
Rachel Sterrenberg
Rachel Sterrenbergas 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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