Opera... What can be more romantic? Romance is the heart and soul of opera, the part we love best. As the audience, we connect with the story, suffer alongside the central characters, rejoice when things work out, and cry when they do not. And in no opera is romance more alive than in Giuseppe Verdi's La traviata.
The sensual courtesan Violetta Valery finds true love with young Alfredo Germont in Verdi's masterful work based on Dumas's La Dame aux Camélias. Elegant Violetta's life in Paris is full of fleeting pleasures. The love affair is unexpected. Their happiness is imperiled by the meddling of Alfredo's, jealousy, and ultimately Violetta's fragile health. This is the opera that inspired Moulin Rouge.
American conductor Michael Christie, a recent Grammy award winner, makes his Lyric debut with these performances. The production created by Arin Arbus for Lyric is designed by Riccardo Hernandez (sets), Cait O’Connor(costumes), Marcus Doshi (lighting), and Christopher Ash (projections). Michael Black is chorus master, and Austin McCormick is choreographer.
A feast for all senses, La traviata combines striking sets and costumes with some of Verdi's best arias. It is executed flawlessly by the international cast of operatic stars. Almost three hours in length, the opera flies by in a blink of an eye. Truly a treat for new and seasoned opera goers alike. La traviata will run for 10 performances through March 22nd. Don't miss your chance to see Verdi's masterpiece.
La traviata is now on stage at Lyric Opera of Chicago, located in historic Civic Opera House at 20 N Upper Wacker Dr, in the heart of downtown Chicago.
The Local Tourist tickets for two courtesy of The Silverman Group, Inc.
Images courtesy of Lyric Opera of Chicago.