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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.
Violetta Valéry – Beth Hagerman
Alfredo Germont – Kijong Wi
Giorgio Germont – Handaya Rusli
Gastone de Letorières – Jeffrey Smith
Flora Bervoix – Lillian Brooks
Barone Douphol – Anthony Rodrigues
Annina – Dallas Chorley
Dottore Grenvil – Austin Larusson
Opera is music theatre and you will be thrilled with our 3 lead singers. Listen to examples of their capabilites on SOUNDCLOUD
Beth Hagerman sings Song to the Moon from Rusalka
Kijong Wi sings E Lucevan Le Stelle from Tosca
Handaya Rusli sings Di Provenza Il Mar Il Sol from La Traviata
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