La traviata - Detroit Opera

Overview

Elegance and grandeur abound in this updated 20th century setting of Verdi’s treasured opera. The vibrant Violetta falls in love with young nobleman Alfredo, but society tests their love and demands sacrifice. Will they find happiness before it’s too late?

Music Director Roberto Kalb leads this world-class cast, which includes Emily Pogorelc, Galeano Salas, and Rod Gilfry.

FAST FACTS

Music by Giuseppe Verdi
Libretto by Francesco Maria Piave
Director: Francesca Zambello
Conductor: Roberto Kalb

Sung in Italian with English subtitles

Duration: 2 hours and 25 minutes, including one intermission

A co-production of Washington National Opera, The Atlanta Opera, Glimmerglass Opera Theater, Seattle Opera, and Indiana University.

Artists

Francesca Zambello

Director

Roberto Kalb

Conductor

Joshua R. Horowitz

Associate Director

Andrea Beasom Lindgren

Associate Choreographer

Suzanne Mallare Acton

Chorus Master

Emily Pogorelc

Violetta

Galeano Salas

Alfredo

Rod Gilfry

Giorgio Germont

Jonathan Lasch

Doctor Grenville

Kendra Faith Beasley
RA

Flora

River Guard
RA

Gastone

Cole Bellamy
RA

Baron Douphol

Cameron J. Rolling
RA

Marquis d'Obigny

Brianna J. Robinson
RA

Annina

Synopsis

Violetta Valéry, the renowned courtesan, is suffering from the final stages of consumption. As she languishes in a sanatorium, she relives moments from her brief, tumultuous life. 

When Alfredo Germont arrives at a party at her home, she is surprised by his devotion and concern. Alfredo leads a toast to love; Violetta responds with a toast to pleasure. Feeling faint, she excuses herself to rest. Alfredo follows, begging her to allow him to love and care for her. She tells him she is not interested in commitment, but invites him to return the next day. Alone, she wonders if she is capable of real love, but dismisses the idea as nonsense. 

Three months later, Violetta and Alfredo are living together outside Paris. After learning that she plans to sell her belongings to maintain their country retreat, Alfredo goes to Paris to pay their debts. While he is away, Giorgio Germont visits and begs Violetta to leave Alfredo, his son, arguing that her association with the family will ruin his daughter’s prospects. Violetta, moved and heartbroken, writes to Alfredo and tells him she no longer loves him. When Alfredo receives the letter, he is devastated; his father’s attempts to console him are unsuccessful. 

Violetta attends a party with her new protector, Baron Douphol. Violetta pulls Alfredo aside and begs him to leave; he refuses and threatens to duel with the Baron. To avoid breaking her promise to the elder Germont, Violetta insists that she loves the Baron. Furious and hurt, Alfredo calls the guests together and publicly insults Violetta. 

Violetta, returning to the present, rereads a letter from Giorgio Germont. According to the letter, Alfredo went abroad after dueling with the Baron; his father wrote to him to explain Violetta’s sacrifice. 

Alfredo arrives, asking forgiveness and pledging eternal love. Violetta expresses hope for their future together, but she is very weak. Alfredo sends Annina for the Doctor. He arrives with Giorgio Germont, who reproaches himself for his earlier behavior toward Violetta. He asks forgiveness and pledges to accept her as a daughter, but he is too late. 

– Courtesy of Glimmerglass Festival

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FAST FACTS

Music by Giuseppe Verdi
Libretto by Francesco Maria Piave
Director: Francesca Zambello
Conductor: Roberto Kalb

Sung in Italian with English subtitles

Duration: 2 hours and 25 minutes, including one intermission

A co-production of Washington National Opera, The Atlanta Opera, Glimmerglass Opera Theater, Seattle Opera, and Indiana University.

Sponsors

Season Sponsor

William Davidson Foundation logo