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Giuseppe Verdi's wildly popular, splendidly tragic and sumptuously opulent "La Traviata" closes Florida Grand Opera’s 72nd season with performances scheduled at the Arsht Center and the Broward Center for the Performing Arts.
The story of "La Traviata," which literally means the fallen woman, was adapted from the novel "La dame aux Camélias" by Alexandre Dumas and charts the chaotic and tragic life of Violetta — a fiery courtesan who loves and loses everything in the end. Sopranos María Alejandres and Suzanne Vinnik will debut in the role of Violetta. La Traviata is a both a gripping tale and a living, breathing study of what makes Verdi's music timeless. All of this is wrought from Violetta’s complex and sublimely crafted character.
“Great music and good stories will never be out of date. What happens with opera is that sometimes even the plot is not the greatest one, but the music is genial. It will survive the passage of time,” Maestro Ramon Tebar, music director of the Florida Grand Opera, has said.
The theatrical production, envisioned by Bliss Hebert, will transport audiences to the opulent and hyper-decadent 18th-century Paris, where wealth and power were more important than love and longing. Maybe this is what makes "La Traviata" relevant. The complex and polarized relationship between wealth and love, class and the individual, complicates life even when all of the pieces seem to finally fit together.
Tebar is responsible for realizing Verdi's musical intention. “The challenge for me is to be honest with the composer and the score, and although operas like 'Traviata' have tradition in its performing history, I think the most challenging thing is to find the true meaning of why the composer wrote what he did, regardless what great performers have done with it in the past.”
"La Traviata" opens Saturday, April 20th at 7 p.m. at the Arsht Center and closes Sunday, May 5th at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts.
"La Traviata" (sung in Italian, with English and Spanish projected translations) will be performed in Miami at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County on April 20th at 7 p.m.; April 23, 24, 26 and 27 at 8 p.m.; and April 21st at 2 p.m. In Ft. Lauderdale, "La Traviata" will be performed at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts on May 2nd at 7:30 p.m.; May 4 at 8 p.m.; and May 5 at 2 p.m. To purchase tickets, please visit tickets.fgo.org/Tickets/EventDetails.aspx?id=964.