by Giuseppe Verdi • October 8, 11, 14 & 16, 2016
Giuseppe Verdi’s La traviata – the fallen woman- is a compelling tale of love, intrigue, money and power in 19th century France.
Like so many of Verdi’s works, La traviata explores grand themes through intimate family drama. Alfredo Germont – played by Cody Austin in his Pittsburgh Opera debut – wins Violetta’s love and his father’s displeasure. His father, going behind Alfredo’s back, coerces Violetta into breaking up with Alfredo because their relationship threatens his daughter’s engagement and his family’s reputation.
Violetta will not disclose his father’s role in their breakup, so Alfredo erroneously believes she loves someone else. He publicly denounces her, leaving them both grief-stricken. Will they reconcile before it’s too late?
From the rousing “Brindisi” drinking song to touching arias, La traviata’s singing and music are sure to delight.
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Cody Austin, Danielle Pastin and the Pittsburgh Opera Chorus perform the fun and flirtatious 'Brindisi'.
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Alfredo (Cody Austin) sings of his love for Violetta (Danielle Pastin), who replies that all she can offer is friendship since she doesn't know how to love.
Violetta (Danielle Pastin) ponders whether she should return Alfredo's love. She is skeptical, believing that "free and aimless I must flutter, from pleasure to pleasure."
Alfredo Germont (Cody Austin) sings of how happy he has been ever since Violetta told him "I want to live, faithful to you alone!"
*Andy Berry: Marquis d’Obigny
Conductor Christian Capocaccia
Stage Director Chas Rader-Shieber
Set Designer Julia Noulin-Mérat
Costume Designer Jacob Climer
Lighting Designer Mike Inwood
Wig & Make-up Designer James Geier
Stage Manager Cindy Knight
Asst. Conductor Glenn Lewis
Chorus Master Mark Trawka
Associate Coach/Pianist James Lesniak
Asst Stage Director Frances Rabalais*
Asst Lighting Designer Todd Nonn
Asst. Stage Manager Sarah Cowing
Asst Stage Manager Attitra Lelahuta
+ Pittsburgh Opera debut
* Pittsburgh Opera Resident Artist
** Pittsburgh Opera Resident Artist alumni
Production owned by Boston Lyric Opera.
The story opens in Paris. Violetta Valéry has been out most of the night running from party to party with her friends, who are now continuing the festivities in her upscale apartment.
An admirer of Violetta’s, Alfredo Germont, who has long adored her from afar, flirts with her in a rousing drinking song, the famous Brindisi “Libiamo ne’lieti calici”.
Alfredo then proceeds to confess to Violetta that he has loved her for more than a year. Moved, Violetta attempts to warn Alfredo, saying that she “doesn’t know how to love.” Besides, as you’ll hear in a stunning aria, Violetta wants to be ‘sempre libera’ – always free. “Free and aimless she must flutter, from pleasure to pleasure.”
Alfredo eventually wins Violetta over, and they move to a house in the country. Alfredo sings about how happy he has been ever since Violetta told him “I want to live, faithful to you alone.”
However, Alfredo’s father Giorgio Germont disapproves of Violetta’s relationship with Alfredo, because it threatens his family’s reputation and also his daughter’s engagement. He coerces Violetta into breaking up with Alfredo, then returns to console his son and remind him of his loving family back home in Provence.
Alfredo confronts Violetta at a party. She will not disclose his father’s role in their breakup, so Alfredo erroneously believes she loves someone else. Angry, he scorns her and storms off.
Violetta and Alfredo are both miserable. Six months later, Germont finally confesses his plot to Alfredo. Alfredo regrets the way he mistreated Violetta and attempts to reconcile. Violetta, however, is sadly succumbing to tuberculosis, and bids farewell “to happy dreams of by-gone days.” Alfredo's father enters with a doctor, regretting what he has done. However, it is too late- she dies in Alfredo's arms.
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- Run time is 2 hours, 43 minutes, including two intermissions
- Study Guide for La Traviata (PDF), created by our Education department
- Understand Every Word: La traviata is sung in Italian, but English supertitles are shown at all performances
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- Pre-Opera Talks before each performance
- Audio Commentary available at The Benedum Center
- Braille Programs available at The Benedum Center
- Large-Print Programs available at The Benedum Center
Here's what other people are saying about La traviata:
- KQV-AM 1410 interviews Danielle Pastin
- WQED 'Voice of the Arts' podcast interviews with Anna Singer
- The Almanac article on Sebastian Catana - Bethel Park baritone: ‘La Traviata’ marks resident’s first performance with Pittsburgh Opera
- Tribune Review preview article - Pittsburgh Opera opens season with Verdi's 'La Traviata'
- Post Gazette preview article - Pittsburgh Opera opens its 78th season with Verdi's popular display piece
- Broadway World - Photo Flash: First Look at LA TRAVIATA at Artifacts Antique Store in Pittsburgh
- Entertainment Central - October Theater Guide
- Pittsburgh Magazine - Best of Culture in Pittsburgh
- Pittsburgh Post Gazette review
- Tribune Review review - Pittsburgh Opera delivers strong 'La Traviata'
- Pittsburgh In The Round review - La traviata
- NEXT pittsburgh - Pittsburgh Opera presents new production of Verdi favorite La traviata
- Pittsburgh City Paper - Short List Oct. 7-13
- Pittsburgh Post Gazette - Soprano sings 2 parts in 'La traviata'
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