La Traviata

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Giuseppe Verdi’s La Traviata is a three act opera with an Italian libretto by Francesco Maria Piave, first performed in Venice in 1853. This new Michael Mayer directed production plays at the Met December 4 to April 27, conducted by Yannick Nézet-Séguin with soprano Diana Damrau and tenor Juan Diego Flórez starring as Violetta and Alfredo. It’s one of the most widely loved operas, following courtesan Violetta as she falls for Alfredo and gradually fades away from tuberculosis, with a score that’s gloriously tender yet dramatic. This production has an eighteenth century setting with sumptuous scenery that will captivate audiences.

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Soprano Anna Netrebko joins the ranks of Renata Tebaldi, Montserrat Caballé, and Renata Scotto, taking on—for the first time at the Met—the title role of the real-life French actress who dazzled 18th-century audiences with her on-and offstage passion. The soprano is joined by tenor Piotr Beczała as Adriana’s lover, Maurizio. The principal cast also features mezzo-soprano Anita Rachvelishvili and baritone Ambrogio Maestri. Gianandrea Noseda conducts. Sir David McVicar’s staging, which sets the action in a working replica of a Baroque theater, premiered at the Royal Opera House in London, where the Guardian praised the “elegant production, sumptuously designed … The spectacle guarantees a good night out.”

Production a gift of The Sybil B. Harrington Endowment Fund

World Premiere: Teatro Lirico, Milan, 1902. Adriana Lecouvreur occupies a unique place in the repertory: largely dismissed by experts from its premiere to the present day yet cherished by its fans for the dramatic possibilities provided by the lead roles. The opera is a deft combination of frank emotionalism and flowing lyricism, with pseudo-historical spectacle. Based on a play by Eugène Scribe, the story was inspired by the real-life intrigues of famed actress Adrienne Lecouvreur and the legendary soldier—and lover—Maurice of Saxony. Cilea’s operatic retelling quickly became a favorite of charismatic soloists. The title character in particular is a quintessential diva role. [1]

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