In Cooperation with Tulsa Opera
“LA TRAVIATA” – Saturday, December 7 at 11:00 PM
Teatro alla Scala
An Opera in Three Acts
Music by Giuseppe Verdi
Sung in Italian with English subtitles
Running time – 160 minutes, including one intermission
As one of the most widely performed operas in the world, Verdi’s immensely popular La Traviata requires a single soprano to exude dramatic intuition, presence, and soul for a character that is alive and sorrowful until her final breath. With a cast led by the one of the most famous contemporary Violettas, Diana Damrau, this brand new production of La Traviata presented at Teatro alla Scala’s Opening Night is a special evening not to be missed.
Conductor: Daniele Gatti
Director and Set Designer: Dmitri Tcherniakov
Lighting Designer: Gleb Filschtinsky
Violetta Valery: Diana Damrau
Flora Bervoix: Giuseppina Piunti
Annina: Mara Zampieri
Alfredo Germont: Piotr Beczala
Giorgio Germont: Željko Lučić
Gastone: Antonio Corianò
Barone Douphol: Roberto Accurso
Marchese d’Obigny: Andrea Porta
Dottor Grenvil: Andrea Mastroni
Giuseppe: Nicola Pamio
Domestico di Flora: Ernesto Petti
Commissionario: Ernesto Panariello
Production: Teatro alla Scala – Milan, Italy – A Production by Radio Televisiones Italiana (RAI)
The courtesan Violetta Valery, mistress of the Baron Douphol, is entertaining guests in her Paris home, concealing from all that she is in delicate health. After a coughing fit, she breaks off her dance with her secret admirer, Alfredo Germont, who declares his love for her. Only after he has left does she realize that she desires Alfredo.
Later, having come together and established themselves as a couple in a villa outside Paris, Violetta is visited by Alfredo’s conservative father Giorgio, who pleads with her to break off the affair so as to save the honor of the Germont family. Torn between the happiness she has found with Alfredo and loving concern for his place in society, she agrees.
Upon returning to the villa from a trip to Paris, Alfredo is grief stricken when he finds her goodbye note. On seeing an invitation from Flora Bervoix to a party in Paris, however, he concludes that Violetta has abandoned him to return to Parisian high society and he runs off to seek revenge.
On the arm of Baron Douphol at Flora’s party, Violetta is confronted by Alfredo, who throws in her face the money he has just won gambling, not realizing that at the request of his father she has sacrificed his love and her own happiness for his sake. Later, in her Paris bedroom where she lays dying of consumption, Violetta receives a letter from Alfredo’s father; he has told Alfredo of her selflessness and Alfredo is en route to her. When he arrives, she has only enough strength to whisper with her final dying breath that she will pray for him once she is in heaven