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.
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). The story made it to film in Camille (1936) starring Greta Garbo.
La Traviata 2018
This is a new Michael Mayer production. 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.
Yannick Nézet-Séguin (Montreal, Canada) conducts.
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.
December 4, Tuesday at 8pm
December 7, Friday at 8pm
December 11, Tuesday at 8pm
December 15, Saturday at 1pm
December 18, Tuesday at 7:30pm
December 22, Saturday at 1pm
December 26, Wednesday at 7:30pm
December 29, Saturday at 8pm
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.
April 5, Friday at 8pm
April 10, Wednesday at 8pm
April 13, Saturday at 8:30pm (Plácido Domingo joins the cast)
April 17, Wednesday at 8pm
April 20, Saturday at 8pm
April 24, Wednesday at 7:30pm
April 27, Saturday at 8:30pm
La Traviata Tickets