MARCH 28, 2019 @ 7:30pm
MARCH 29, 2019 @ 7:30pm
MARCH 31, 2019 @ 2:00pm
(Sung in Italian, with English surtitles)
LA TRAVIATA FOR OUR TIMES
One could imagine to the modern eye a 19th century classic like La Traviata would be only a sweet echo of a distant time. But nothing can be further from the truth. The great composer, Giuseppe Verdi, was captured by a contemporary story about people in Paris. The premiere was done in contemporary dress to bring the audience face to face with situations and emotions from their own times and lives.
In that spirit we have set the story in our own time, in our own place. Violetta, a young career woman in Toronto, also lives the life of a party girl as she suffers quietly from cancer. She and Alfredo meet, fall in love, enjoy raves and live an alternative lifestyle until Alfredo's father, fearing for the family’s reputation, pleads that Violetta end her love affair with Alfredo. Violetta feels the old man’s pain and cuts the ties to her lover. At a party she honours her pledge to Alfredo’s father, even as Alfredo disgraces himself in an ugly altercation.
Months later, her disease has taken over and she is terminal. Violetta generously donates the rest of her money to charity but still longs for the love of her life. Alfredo finds her in a hospital bed and is crushed by her condition. Irrationally they sing of plans for a future together, but Violetta cannot fight her cancer any longer. She dies in his arms, with Alfredo’s father looking on in guilt.
Love and loss is the human condition. This is the genius in what Verdi created when he set to music the love and loss of people of his time in Paris. Today the Toronto City Opera will bring that story into our city, our time, and into your hearts.
Alfredo Germont – Kijong Wi
Violetta Valéry – Beth Hagerman
Gastone de Letorières – Jeffrey Smith
Flora Bervoix – Lillian Brooks
Barone Douphol – Anthony Rodrigues
Annina – Dallas Chorley
Giorgio Germont – Handaya Rusli
Dottore Grenvil – Austin Larusson
Alaina is a daring young opera director, and production manager based in Toronto. She is the founder and Artistic Director of indie opera company Loose Tea Music Theatre where she collaborates with DJ's, projection artist and filmmakers to produce genre breaking productions. With them she has directed re-imagined contemporary versions of Dissociative Me (Gounod's Faust), Love in the Age of AutoCorrect (Mozart/Stravinsky) and La Tragedie de Carmen (Bizet).
Currently she is leading a re-focus of Bizet’s Carmen as #YesAllWomen that discusses current social issues like gender equality, class society and the impacts of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.
Alaina developed an improv opera show called “Whose Opera is it Anyway” that has toured to sold out houses and has a monthly show in Toronto. The summer of 2018 saw Loose Tea partnering with Toronto Summer Music Festival on a fully staged version of L'Histoire du Soldat at Koerner Hall.
Opera Going Toronto says “Loose Tea Music Theatre casts a disproportionately long artistic shadow…is a prime example of what makes this compact company well worth watching ...”
Loose Tea was invited to perform for the Rhubarb Festival 2016 with Buddies in Bad Times Theatre with Trance Symphony No.5, a Trance/Classical Dance experience of Beethoven’s popular Symphony no.5 with live orchestra and trace DJ. Musical Toronto has said “If this is any indication of the direction of Loose Tea in the future – you’ll want to see what they come up with next”.
Alaina has directed and designed HausMusik for Tafelmusik Baroque Chamber Orchestra and was Artistic Director for two season for SOPAC Ottawa presenting Suor Angelica, Pagliacci and Cendrillon to critical acclaim. She also directed/designed L’isola Disabitata for Thirteen Strings Chamber Orchestra in Ottawa for their 40th anniversary.
Coming up in 2019, Alaina is Resident Stage Director for Toronto City Opera and will be premiering a new chamber opera about the lost and edited pages from Anne Frank’s diary with Loose Tea.
Alaina works at the Toronto Symphony Orchestra as the Assistant Production Manager and is a member of Indie Opera Toronto.
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