La traviata

By Giuseppe Verdi

  • Language - Sung in Italian with projected English translations
  • Running Time - 2 hours, 50 minutes with 2 intermissions

Verdi’s music is incomparable, with one heartstoppingly beautiful melody after another, in this exquisitely romantic story. Within the social whirl of sophisticated Paris, the courtesan Violetta lives purely for pleasure but longs for true love. She finds the right man in Alfredo, but their happiness is cut short: at his father’s insistence, Violetta leaves Alfredo for the sake of his family. Her spirit broken, her health shattered, Violetta now lives only with the hope that Alfredo will return to her. La traviata gives us one of opera’s most glorious heroines, a woman of boundless humanity and emotional depth.

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This production of La traviata was presented at Lyric February 16 – March 22, 2019. View our calendar to see what's currently on stage.

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La traviata

by Giuseppe Verdi

"Libiaimo ne' lieti calici"
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"Sempre libera"
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"Ah! Dite alla giovine"
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La traviata

by Giuseppe Verdi

commentary by David Buch
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La traviata Synopsis

TIME: Around 1860
PLACE: In and near Paris

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Meet The Artists

Albina Shagimuratova

Violetta

Giorgio Berrugi*

Alfredo

Željko Lučić

Germont

Zoie Reams

Flora

Lauren Decker ‡

Annina

Mario Rojas ‡

Gastone

Christopher Kenney ‡

Marquis

Ricardo José Rivera ‡

Baron Douphol

David Weigel ‡

Dr. Grenvil

Eric Ferring ‡

Giuseppe

Michael Christie*

Conductor

Arin Arbus

Director

Riccardo Hernandez

Set Designer

Cait O’Connor

Costume & Puppet Designer

Marcus Doshi

Lighting Designer

Christopher Ash

Projection Designer

Michael Black

Chorus Master

Austin McCormick

Choreographer

* Lyric Opera debut
† Ryan Opera Center alumni
‡ Current Member, Ryan Opera Center

Production Sponsors

DONNA VAN EEKEREN FOUNDATION
THE MICHAEL AND SUSAN AVRAMOVICH CHARITABLE TRUST
NANCY AND SANFRED KOLTUN
LAUTER MCDOUGAL CHARITABLE FUND

BMO Harris Bank

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Coproduction of Lyric Opera of Chicago, Houston Grand Opera, and Canadian Opera Company.

Photo: Todd Rosenberg