Why See Portland Opera - La Traviata?
Verdi's Tragic Masterpiece
An immensely popular staple of the modern operatic repertoire, Verdi's La Traviata raised more than a few eyebrows when it premiered in Venice in 1853. Navigating the turbulent waters of sexual politics and unfair societal pressures, its titular fallen woman was years ahead of her time, and Italian censors demanded the composer made the herione more palatable to public tastes. Luckily Verdi ignored his critics, and so did his listening public, and the stirring opera continues to enjoy a triumphant and enduring career.
Making use of sweeping sets and lavish costumes, the Portland Opera presents a grand adaptation of the classic, welcoming Romanian soprano Aurelia Florian in her debut as Violetta Valery and American tenor Jonathan Boyd in the role of Alfredo Germont. The toast of mid 19th-century Paris, Violetta is a famed courtesan who falls in love with romantic nobleman Alfredo. When Alfredo's family learn of this and the couple's impending destitution, they implore Violetta to give him up so that scandal does not engulf them, with tragic consequences for all.
Opening night: 2 November 2018
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