La Traviata

La Traviata (The Fallen Woman) is Giuseppe Verdi’s Italian opera about the ill-fated love between courtesan Violetta and Alfredo.

The Italian libretto by Francesco Maria Piave is based on the Alexandre Dumas fils semi-autobiographical novel La Dame aux camélias (1852).

The opera premiered at La Fenice in Venice, Italy in 1853.


La Traviata 2019-20

Michael Myer’s 2018 production returns.

Cast January 10 to February 7

Aleksandra Kurzak and Quinn Kelsey star.

Friday, January 10 at 7:30pm
Tuesday, January 14 at 7:30pm
Saturday, January 18 at 1pm
Thursday, January 23 at 7:30pm
Sunday, January 26 at 3pm
Friday, January 31 at 8pm
Monday, February 3 at 7:30pm
Friday, February 7 at 7:30pm

Cast February 26 to March 19

Lisette Oropesa and Luca Salsi star.

Wednesday, February 26 at 7:30pm
Saturday, February 29 at 8:30pm
Thursday, March 5 at 7:30pm
Monday, March 9 at 7:30pm
Friday, March 13 at 7:30pm
Thursday, March 19 at 7:30pm

Get tickets from $30 at metopera.org


La Traviata

La Traviata is an Italian opera written by Giuseppe Verdi with a libretto by Francesco Maria Piave. It premiered at the Teatro la Fenice in Venice, Italy in 1853.

La Traviata is one of the best-loved operas. It’s the story of an elegant courtesan who is trying to improve her station in life. Violetta is one of the pinnacles of the soprano repertoire.

“Sempre libera degg’io” in Act I and “Addio, del passato” in Act III are favorite arias.

Librettist Maria Piave worked with Verdi during his middle period on operas including Ernani, Macbeth, Rigoletto and La Forza del Destino.

The opera is set in 1850s Paris. It is based on La Dame aux Camélias by Alexandre Dumas. He was inspired by his own relationship with a famous French prostitute. Men are easily manipulated with sex (or so I am told [it’s true]). The story made it to film in Camille (1936) starring Greta Garbo.


La Traviata 2018

Michael Mayer’s new production of Verdi’s Italian opera La Traviata, opens with a gala production at the Metropolitan Opera House in Lincoln Center on Tuesday, December 4, 2018.  Gala cocktails and dinner at 6pm. From $2,000. Premiere performance at 8pm. From $37.

Christine Jones designed the set. Susan Hilferty designed the costumes. Kevin Adams designed the lighting. Lorin Latarro did the choreography.

The opera runs for 3 hours and 7 minutes with two intermissions.

Fall/Winter Cast

Yannick Nézet-Séguin (Montreal, Canada) conducts.

Juan Diego Flórez and Diana Damrau in Verdi's "La Traviata." Courtesy Marty Sohl/Met Opera.

Juan Diego Flórez and Diana Damrau in Verdi’s “La Traviata.” Courtesy Marty Sohl/Met Opera.

Soprano Diana Damrau (Günzberg, Germany) and tenor Juan Diego Flórez (Lima, Peru) star as Violetta and Alfredo. Baritone Quinn Kelsey (Honolulu, Hawaii) is Alfredo’s father Germont.

Spring Cast

Nicola Luisotti conducts.

Soprano Anita Hartig (Bistrita, Romania) and tenor Stephen Costello (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) star as Violetta and Alfredo. Artur Rucinski (Warsaw, Poland) opens the first two performances of Germont until the legendary Plácido Domingo (Madrid, Spain / Mexico City, Mexico) takes over the role.

Tickets from $20


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