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An Insider's Guide to LA TRAVIATA

An Insider's Guide to La Traviata: videos, audio previews, articles, and more.

Watch the La Traviata trailer (above). 

Watch a preview discussion with Anthony Freud, Sir Andrew Davis, and Renée Fleming (above). 

Read the plot synopsis.



Verdi's Violetta: Revealing a Heroine's Soul

Learn about Violetta, heroine of La Traviata, in an article by Lyric dramaturg Roger Pines.

A Conversation with the Director

Arin Arbus, who debuts at Lyric Opera with La Traviata, spoke during spring 2013 with the company’s manager of media relations, Magda Krance. (Edited by Lyric dramaturg Roger Pines)

Click here to read the interview. 

 Arin Arbus

Illustrations: Costume sketches by Cait O'Connor 


La Traviata Audio Preview

Recordings used by permission of EMI Classics.


La Traviata Discovery Series

A tale of a courtesan with a heart of gold and a young man from a proper family, who are forced to deal with a very cruel world. Marina Rebeka (Violetta), Joseph Calleja (Alfredo), and Quinn Kelsey (Germont) join conductor Massimo Zanetti and director Arin Arbus to discuss this Verdi masterpiece.

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La Traviata Commentary

La Traviata
by Giuseppe Verdi

© 2013/14 Lyric Opera Commentaries 

Original sound recordings of musical excerpts used by permission of EMI Classics. All rights reserved. Post-production services provided by Mark Travis, Producer.


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A night of exciting debuts in RIGOLETTO!

Opening night of Rigoletto featured several artists making prominent Lyric Opera of Chicago debuts. 

Dobber Rigoletto

Opening night of Rigoletto featured several artists making prominent Lyric Opera of Chicago debuts. Critics are raving about their performances:

• "The success of any Rigoletto hinges on the singer in the title role and, in his Chicago debut, Andrzej Dobber delivered the vocal goods in quite sensational fashion. The role of the embittered hunchback fits the Polish baritone's instrument like a perfectly tailored suit, Dobber possessing the requisite big, flexible baritone to encompass all the role's considerable demands. Singing with great ease of production, Dobber was able to float a honeyed Italianate legato in his tender moments with Gilda as well as deliver the dramatic moments as with his vehement 'Cortigniani,' where Rigoletto sings of his intense hatred for the nobles who torment him." – Lawrence A. Johnson, Chicago Classical Review

• "...[I]t was a pleasure to see Todd Thomas make his belated Chicago debut as Monterone. A veteran of countless roles in Sarasota Opera’s decades-long complete Verdi project, the baritone invested Monterone’s curse upon Rigoletto with daunting force and intensity." – Lawrence A. Johnson, Chicago Classical Review 

• "...In Albina Shagimuratova, the superb Russian soprano who was making her Lyric debut as Gilda, the company has found a shining star indeed. She walked away with the show. Gilda is, of course, one of the great coloratura soprano roles in Italian opera, and Shagimuratova fulfilled its every requirement thrillingly. She traced the florid phrases of 'Caro nome' with meltingly expressive phrasing, ample colorings and a clear, shining, beautiful sound that carried easily over the orchestra. Where full-bodied lyricism was needed, notably in Gilda's two duets with her father, her singing went straight to the heart. Indeed, Gilda's dying fade to a hushed pianissimo held the audience at rapt attention at the very end. Not for nothing did the soprano receive a rapturous standing ovation on opening night." – John von Rhein, Chicago Tribune

• "Mezzo-soprano Nicole Piccolomini was also making her Lyric debut as Maddalena, really shining both vocally and dramatically in her saucy scene with the Duke, as well as in her interaction with her brother and assassin Sparafucile." – Dennis Polkow, New City 

• ''[Another] impressive debut of the evening was conductor Evan Rogister. Unlike many opera batonsmiths, the young American started his career as a singer, which was manifest in his alert and sensitive accompaniment to the cast and impeccable balancing, conveying Verdian fire while drawing an array of hues and dynamic subtleties. Rogister will also lead the Lyric's March-April performances of Previn's A Streetcar Named Desire, and is clearly a young talent on the rise." – Lawrence A. Johnson, Chicago Classical Review

Don't miss these artists in their Lyric debut production! Purchase your Rigoletto tickets today!


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