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La Traviata by Verdi @Metropolitan Opera, New York – New Production

December 4, 2018 - April 27, 2019

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Yannick Nézet-Séguin conducts Michael Mayer’s richly textured new production, featuring a dazzling 18th-century setting that changes with the seasons. Soprano Diana Damrau plays the tragic heroine, Violetta, and tenor Juan Diego Flórez returns to the Met for the first time in five seasons to sing the role of Alfredo, Violetta’s hapless lover. Baritone Quinn Kelsey is Alfredo’s father, Germont, who destroys their love. Later performances feature Anita Hartig, Stephen Costello, Artur Ruciński, and Plácido Domingo.

Verdi’s La Traviata survived a notoriously unsuccessful opening night to become one of the best-loved operas in the repertoire. Following the larger-scale dramas of Rigoletto and Il Trovatore, its intimate scope and subject matter inspired the composer to create some of his most profound and heartfelt music. The title role of the “fallen woman” has captured the imaginations of audiences and performers alike with its inexhaustible vocal and dramatic possibilities—and challenges. Violetta is considered a pinnacle of the soprano repertoire.

In a remarkable career spanning six decades in the theater, Giuseppe Verdi (1813–1901) composed 28 operas, at least half of which are at the core of today’s repertoire. Francesco Maria Piave (1810–1876) was Verdi’s librettist during his productive middle period, who also worked with him on ErnaniMacbethRigoletto, and La Forza del Destino, among others. Alexandre Dumas fils (1824–1895) was the son of the author of The Three Musketeers. The play La Dame aux Camélias is based on his own novel of the same name.

 Set Model Photo: by Ken Howard / Metropolitan Opera

PRODUCTION – Michael Mayer

SET DESIGNER – Christine Jones




CONDUCTOR – Yannick Nézet-Séguin / Nicola Luisotti

VIOLETTA VALÉRY – Diana Damrau / Anita Hartig

ALFREDO GERMONT – Juan Diego Flórez / Stephen Costello

GIORGIO GERMONT -Quinn Kelsey / Artur Rucinski / Plácido Domingo



December 4
April 27, 2019
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