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La Traviata

DECEMBER 31, 2013 • JANUARY 3 & 5, 2014

Verdi’s emotionally overwhelming music says it all.

Will Paris's one of most successful courtesans choose a serene life with a young man from the countryside? Or will his family prevent it?

“A courtesan…is less than a mistress because she sells her love for material benefits; she is more than a prostitute because she chooses her lovers…[Her] profession is love….Her profession is hard…[it] may give her a life well beyond her dreams, or it may finally break her…”
Joanna Richardson, The Courtesans: The Demi-Monde in 19th-Century France

Giuseppe Verdi’s La Traviata is as contemporary now as it was at its premiere 160 years ago. It has a controversial subject, based on the real-life affair of Marie Duplessis and Alexandre Dumas fils: A glamorous young courtesan’s one opportunity for real love is threatened by society and mortality.

A young man from the countryside, Alfredo Germont (tenor Vale Rideout, debut), declares his love to Violetta Valery (soprano Leah Partridge) after admiring her from afar. They leave Paris and live together until his father, Giorgio Germont (baritone Jake Gardner, debut) arrives to break up this scandalous arrangement. Once he is meets Violetta, however, events take a surprising turn.

Find out more about La traviata-and compare it to the film Pretty Woman

Eugene Opera’s cast includes:

Violetta, Leah Partridge
Alfredo, Vale Rideout
Giorgio Germont, Jake Gardner
Flora, Marieke Schuurs
Annina, Brooke Cagno
Gastone, Nicholas Larson
Baron Duphol, Harry Baechtel
Marquis d’Obigny, TBD
Dr. Grenville, Sandy Naishtat

Conducted by Andrew Bisantz, Eugene Opera’s Music Director

Stage Director: Bill Fabris

Production: Ercole Sormani, Milano
Costumes: Jeanette deJong
Hair and Makeup, Sarah Clifford
Lighting, Michael Peterson

Puccini's The Girl of the Golden West

MARCH 14 & 16, 2014

Puccini’s opera was the first work ever commissioned by New York’s Metropolitan Opera, which recently said of it “Giacomo Puccini’s La Fanciulla del West (“The Girl of the Golden West”), first heard a century ago, is set in the American West during the California Gold Rush. Peopled with ruthless bandits, rough-talking but goodhearted miners, a cynical sheriff, and one remarkable female tavern-keeper, it tells a story of love, money, justice, and forgiveness that is as thrilling as any Western movie, wrapped in an unmistakably Italian score. You could even call it the world’s first “spaghetti Western.”

Eugene Opera’s production is conducted by our Music Director, Andrew Bisantz, and directed by David Lefkowich. The cast features Metropolitan Opera stars Emily Pulley, Raul Melo, and Aaron St. Clair Nicholson.

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