Verdi’s La traviata Closes 2010 Season At The San Diego Opera
2010-03-23 · By Editor
The San Diego Opera’s 45th International Season comes to a close with Verdi’s La traviata which opens on Saturday, April 17, 2010 for four performances. One of the most beloved works in the operatic cannon, La traviata was last performed by San Diego Opera in 2004. This production features Elizabeth Futral as Violetta, a role she has performed around the world to critical and popular acclaim. Joining her in his Company debut will be tenor Marius Brenciu who has made Alfredo one of his signature roles in Europe. San Diego Opera is very pleased to announce that exciting young Italian conductor Renato Palumbo, also making a Company debut, will lead the orchestra for these performances. La traviata also stars Cornish baritone Alan Opie as Germont, American bass baritone Scott Sikon as the Marquis D’Obingy, American baritone Nicolai Janitzky as Douphol, Taiwanese tenor Joseph Hu as Gaston, American mezzo soprano Suzanna Guzmán as Flora, American mezzo soprano Rebecca Skaar as Annina and American bass-baritone Kristopher Irmiter as Dr. Grenvil. Australian stage director Andrew Sinclair directs the action and American choreographer Kristina Cobarrubia stages the dancing.
La traviata was last performed by San Diego Opera in 2004. The sets and costumes are owned by San Francisco Opera. The sets were designed by John Conklin and the costumes were designed by David Walker.
Performed in Italian with English translations above the stage, Verdi’s tragic opera La traviata tells the story of Alfredo Germont, a man who falls in love with the courtesan Violetta. Because she is in love for the first time, Violetta lives happily with Alfredo in the country. Alfredo’s father is not happy with this arrangement and convinces Violetta to give up Alfredo in order to protect his family’s reputation. Violetta agrees and returns to Douphol, her former boyfriend. Unaware of his father’s actions, Alfredo humiliates Violetta in public, causing his father to disown him and Douphol to challenge Alfredo to a duel. Realizing the foolishness of his ways, Alfredo repents to Violetta and she forgives him in her final act of life. With some of the most beautiful music ever written for the stage, La traviata will remind audiences why this opera has endured to be one of the most popular works ever composed.
Saturday April 17, 2010 7 PM
Tuesday April 20, 2010 7 PM
Friday April 23, 2010 8 PM
Sunday April 25, 2010 2 PM
Three and four-opera subscriptions for the 2010 International Season are now available. Regular subscriptions range from $90 – $720 (some Saturday subscriptions slightly higher) and can be purchased by calling (619) 533-7000 or online. Senior citizen discount packages are available for full-season Tuesday night subscribers. Call (619) 533-7000 for more information.
For information about single ticket availability and prices please visit the San Diego Opera website or call (619) 533-7000 to speak to an opera representative.