Why See San Francisco Opera: La Traviata?
Verdi's Tragic Masterpiece
Verdi's towering La Traviata returns to the San Francisco Opera for the first time since 2014. A tragic love story that explores the suffocating constraints of polite society, the story is centered on the beautiful courtesan Violetta Valery, who sacrifices her reputation and wealth when she decides to move from Paris to the countryside with her lover Alfredo.
First performed in 1853, La Traviata can be said to be Verdi's most intimate work, drawing on social issues that were contemporary to him at the time, and is now the most performed opera in the world. This San Francisco staging is conducted by Nicola Luisotti, and boasts three singers making their company debut, including soprano Aurelia Florian as Violetta Valery, a role she's previously played to great acclaim in Berlin, Munich and Oslo.
Opening night: 23 September 2017
3 hours including two intermissions
And before you stop reading
Sung in Italian with English supertitles. Images are taken from previous productions of La traviata.
Cast and Creative
Violetta Valery sung by Sonya Yoncheva on following dates: June 11, 14, 17, 20, 25, 29
Violetta Valery sung by Ailyn P?rez on following dates: July 5, 8, 11, 13
Alfredo Germont sung by Saimir Pirgu on following dates: June 11, 14, 25, 29
Alfredo Germont sung by Stephen Costello on following dates: June 17, 20; JUL 5, 8, 11, 13
Giorgio Germont sung by Vladimir Stoyanov on following dates: June 11, 14, 17, 20, 25, 29
Giorgio Germont sung by Quinn Kelsey on following : July 5, 8, 11, 13
Conductor: Nicola Luisotti on June 11, 14, 17, 20, 25, 29
Conductor: Giuseppe Finzi on July 5, 8, 11, 13
Original Director: John Copley
Director: Laurie Feldman
Set Designer: John Conklin
Costume Designer:David Walker
Lighting Designer:Gary Marder
Chorus Director:Ian Robertson
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