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.
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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
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MARCH 14 & 16, 2014
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La Traviata, December 31 performance
La Traviata, January 3 performance
La Traviata, January 5 matinee
Girl of the Golden West, March 14
Girl of the Golden West, March 16
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