Toronto City Opera

2018-19 Season

La Traviata Poster

LA TRAVIATA
by Giuseppe Verdi

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

Cast

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

 

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Excerpts

2017-18 SEASON HIGHLIGHTS

 

"O Gott! O Welch ein Augenblick!" from Fidelio

 

Act 1: Quartet from Fidelio

 

Act 2:  Finale from Magic Flute

 

Act 1: Papageno, Pamina, Monastatos and Chorus from Magic Flute

 

Act 1:  Tamino, Papageno and the Three Ladies from Magic Flute

 

 

2016-17 SEASON HIGHLIGHTS

 

 

 

2015-16 SEASON HIGHLIGHTS

 

 

 

Reviews

"The singing was as good – if not better – than what you’d expect to hear at the average Canadian Opera Company performance."

 

"Jay Lambie’s performance reminded of a younger version of the great Luciano Pavarotti...The musical performances will blow you away while the comedic interludes will leave you laughing and smiling throughout the show."

 

"Highlights of the TOR production include the gorgeous, smouldering sounds of Pablo Benitez Astudillo’s Camille de Rosillon...Caroline Colantonio’s Valencienne is a beautifully rendered and subtly demure counterpart"

 

"loved the production and couldn’t believe two and half hours had gone by so quickly"

 

"Community opera at its best"

 

"I have one word - WOW"

Tickets

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