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La Traviata La Traviata

Composed by Giuseppe Verdi

Conducted by James Conlon / Louis Lohraseb

April 627, 2024

Production new to Los Angeles

At the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion

They left everything behind to be together. But the past has a way of catching up.

Violetta Valéry is the queen of Parisian nightlife for now, but she knows that life in the fast lane can't last forever. The arrival of a fresh-faced suitor offers her an unexpected taste of true love, until society’s disapproval threatens to tear them apart.

Rachel Willis-Sørensen, one of the most acclaimed American sopranos of her generation, returns as the glamorous Violetta, whose time is quickly running out. Rising star Liparit Avetisyan is the enamored Alfredo, with Kihun Yoon as his disapproving, controlling father. Verdi master James Conlon conducts one of opera’s most enduring tragedies in this vibrant and luxuriously rich new-to-L.A. production that shines the spotlight on Violetta’s tragic attempts to outrun her fate.

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Violetta Valéry
Rachel Willis-Sørensen
Alfredo Germont
Liparit Avetisyan
Giorgio Germont
Kihun Yoon
Baron Douphol
Patrick Blackwell
Sarah Saturnino
Julius Ahn
Marquis d'Obigny
Ryan Wolfe
Dr. Grenvil
Alan Williams
Deepa Johnny

Creative Team

James Conlon
Conductor (4/18)
Louis Lohraseb
Shawna Lucey
Scenery & Costumes
Robert Innes Hopkins
Michael James Clark
Jeremy Frank
John Heginbotham

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Act I
Violetta throws a party attended by her “patron” Baron Douphol and by her friends, including Flora, a fellow courtesan, and Gastone, a young aristocrat. Gastone introduces Violetta to his friend Alfredo Germont, one of Violetta’s greatest admirers. Gastone invites Alfredo to offer a drinking song, and Alfredo sings the praises of wine and the love it inspires. Violetta joins him, urging everyone to enjoy the fleeting pleasures of love and life. As the guests move into the ballroom, Violetta has an attack of faintness, an unwelcome reminder of her quickly declining health. Alfredo urges her to abandon her exhausting way of life. He tells her that he has loved her since the moment he first saw her. Violetta tactfully suggests that she is not the kind of woman he should fall deeply in love with; nonetheless, she invites Alfredo to visit her again. When her guests have left, Violetta muses over his declarations of love. Disturbed to discover that her own emotions have been deeply stirred, she resolves to forget Alfredo and devote herself to the shallow pleasures of the courtesan’s world.

Act II
Alfredo has been living for three months with Violetta in her country house. He is ashamed to discover that she has been secretly selling her possessions to meet their expenses.

Violetta receives an invitation from Flora to a party in Paris, a reminder of the life Violetta has left behind for Alfredo. An unexpected visitor arrives: Giorgio Germont, Alfredo’s father. Germont asks her for a great sacrifice: his daughter’s marriage prospects have been threatened by Alfredo’s scandalous association with Violetta. Germont convinces her that leaving Alfredo would be the most generous, selfless thing she could do for him. Violetta knows that because she is mortally ill, any future happiness is unlikely without Alfredo. She writes two letters: the first is an acceptance of Flora’s invitation; the second is addressed to Alfredo.

When Alfredo returns, Violetta attempts to disguise her agitation. Desperately assuring him of her love, she leaves for Paris. Alone, Alfredo reads Violetta’s letter, which informs him that she is returning to Baron Douphol. Germont returns to console his son, but Alfredo sees Flora’s invitation and, unaware of Violetta’s sacrifice, vows revenge for her apparent faithlessness.

That evening, Flora’s guests are entertained by masqueraders dressed as gypsies and matadors. Alfredo arrives, alone; Violetta enters shortly afterward with Baron Douphol. Alfredo goes to the card table, where he is soon joined by the Baron, but Alfredo’s good luck at gambling is unmatched. When the guests sit down to supper, Violetta privately begs Alfredo to leave. Furious, he insults her in front of everyone, throwing his winnings at her as “payment” for their time together. The elder Germont comes in, joining the assembled crowd in expressing their outrage.

Violetta is near death, alone and impoverished. She reads a letter from Giorgio Germont: Alfredo had fled abroad after wounding Baron Douphol in a duel, but now that he knows the true circumstances of Violetta’s sacrifice, he is on his way back to her. When he returns, the lovers are reunited with tender words. Giorgio Germont also arrives, filled with remorse, but there is nothing to be done. Violetta feels a sudden rush of exhilaration as her pain disappears, and she dies.

Production new to Los Angeles

Sung in Italian with English subtitles

Running time: approximately two hours and 55 minutes, including two intermissions

Production from San Francisco Opera

Audio description will be available for the April 14 matinee.

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