by Giuseppe Verdi
With soprano Cecilia Violetta López (Gilda in Rigoletto)
Jan 29, 2016, 7:30pm
Jan 31, 2016, 2:30pm
Sung in Italian
The Egyptian Theatre
700 W Main Street, Boise
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Violetta Valeri – Cecilia Violetta López
Alfredo Germont – Joshua Dennis
Georgio Germont – Jason Detwiler
Flora Bervoix – Suzanne Hansen
Annina – Jena Carpenter
Gastone – Adam Wade Duncan
Barone Douphol – Curtis Crafton
Marchese d’Obigny – Tyler Oliphant
Dottore Grenvil – Joshua Vander Plaats
Conductor – Timm Rolek
Director – Cindy Oxberry
Cecilia Violetta López, who made a sensational Opera Idaho debut as Gilda in last season’s Rigoletto, returns as the courtesan Violetta Valéry, a role for which she is already in her young career well-known. She has performed Violetta at Prelude to Performance in New York City, for which she was named the 2014 recipient of the Star-making Performances award from the Second Annual Excellence in Opera (‘Freddie’) Awards, and at Virginia Opera.
La traviata is based on La Dame aux Camélias (The Lady of the Camellias), a play adapted from the novel by Alexandre Dumas, fils, itself based loosely on Dumas’ own life. Despite a poor reception at its premiere in 1853, today the opera is immensely popular and a staple of the standard operatic repertoire. As of 2012/13 season, it was in first place on the Operabase list of the most-performed operas worldwide. La traviata has been presented four times by Opera Idaho, most recently in 2005 at The Morrison Center.
In around the mid-19th century, in Paris, there is a great party at the salon in the house of Violetta who is the most popular high-class prostitute. A young man, Alfredo, comes to this party, and sings the song of “Brindisi.” He has adored Violetta from long before, and he uses this opportunity to express his feelings for her after singing. Violetta had believed that she had no interest in true love because of her occupation, but she is confused by Alfredo’s pure mind.
Violetta goes out of the fashionable society, and she peacefully lives just with Alfredo in the suburbs of Paris. One day, when Alfredo is away, Violetta unexpectedly receives a visit from Alfredo’s father, Germont. He puts pressure on her to break up with Alfredo, because of her past. This upsets the marriage plans of his daughter, that is, Alfredo’s sister. Violetta is filled with sorrow, but she makes up her mind to break up with her boyfriend. She leaves their home without telling him the truth. Alfredo who knows nothing, gets angry at her breaking his trust in her.
That same night, Violetta goes back to the society in Paris, and appears accompanied by a former patron, the Baron. Alfredo pursues her, and arrives at the party. He makes accusations about her in front of all the guests.
After a few months, Violetta lies down on her bed alone. In fact, she has been ill with a serious disease for some days. She has known about this since she lived with Alfredo. Death is fast approaching. Finally, Alfredo rushes to her bedside. He was given a true account by his father. And Alfredo asks for her forgiveness. They swear to live together, but time is up, Violetta breathes her last breath as she remembers the time she spent with Alfredo.