Met Opera, Verdi: La Traviata

Runs Apr 10Apr 24, 2019

Yannick Nézet-Séguin conducts Michael Mayer’s richly textured new production, featuring a dazzling 18th-century setting that changes with the seasons. Soprano Diana Damrau plays the tragic heroine, Violetta, and tenor Juan Diego Flórez returns to the Met for the first time in five seasons to sing the role of Alfredo, Violetta’s hapless lover. Baritone Quinn Kelsey is Alfredo’s father, Germont, who destroys their love. Later performances feature Anita Hartig, Stephen Costello, Artur Ruciński, and Plácido Domingo.

In a remarkable career spanning six decades in the theater, Giuseppe Verdi (1813–1901) composed 28 operas, at least half of which are at the core of today’s repertoire. Francesco Maria Piave (1810–1876) was Verdi’s librettist during his productive middle period, who also worked with him on ErnaniMacbethRigoletto, and La Forza del Destino, among others. Alexandre Dumas fils (1824–1895) was the son of the author of The Three Musketeers. The play La Dame aux Camélias is based on his own novel of the same name.

PRODUCTION: Michael Mayer

 

Met Opera, Verdi: La Traviata

Met Opera, Verdi: La Traviata

CAST

Armiliato; Rebeka, Costello, Tézier

Armiliato; Poplavskaya, Demuro, Tézier

Production: Willy Decker
Set & Costume Designer: Wolfgang Gussmann
Lighting Designer: Hans Toelstede
Choreographer: Athol Farmer

Approximate running time 2 hrs. 36 min.
Verdi’s consumptive courtesan returns in Willy Decker’s timeless setting. Marina Poplavskaya, who originated the title heroine in this striking production, and the rising soprano Marina Rebeka share the role of Violetta. Stephen Costello and Francesco Demuro are Alfredo, Ludovic Tézier is Germont, and Marco Armiliato conducts.

 

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