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Verdi’s ‘La traviata’ returns to the Atlanta Opera

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The Atlanta Opera’s fifth production of “La traviata” will be presented March 2, 5, 8 and 10 at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre.

Photos by Tim Wilkerson
The Atlanta Opera continues its 2012-2013 season with a March production of opera’s most beloved “fallen woman,” “La traviata”  in celebration of the bicentennial year of Giuseppe Verdi’s birth.

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Jan Grissom as Violetta and Raul Hernandez as Alfredo star in the Atlanta Opera’s 2005 production of La traviata.

“La traviata” is based on “La dame aux Camélias” (1852), a play adapted from a novel by Alexandre Dumas, and was composed by Giuseppe Verdi using a libretto by Francesco Maria Piave. The Atlanta Opera’s fifth production of “La traviata” will be presented March 2, 5, 8 and 10 at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre.

In this beautiful and tragic love story, Violetta Valéry, mistress of a wealthy baron, gets swept away by Alfredo Germont. Though they leave Violetta’s chaotic previous life, Alfredo’s father, Giorgio Germont, convinces Violetta that their relationship must end for the good of the Germont family. She writes Alfredo a farewell letter and returns to the baron, hoping to create enough distance between her and Alfredo.

Misunderstanding her motives, Alfredo goes into a jealous rage, and, by the time the lovers are reunited, Violetta dies of tuberculosis in Alfredo’s arms.

In her Atlanta Opera debut, soprano Mary Dunleavy will be singing the role of the high-spirited Violetta. Dunleavy has received critical acclaim for her “effortless” and “nuanced” portrayal of the role in more than 65 productions.

Playing Alfredo, Violetta’s lover, is Russian tenor Boris Rudak, in his American and Atlanta Opera debut. Baritone Weston Hurt will be singing the role of Giorgio Germont. Hurt last performed with The Atlanta Opera in Madama Butterfly in 2008.

Also performing will be Atlanta-based singers Maria McDaniel (Flora Bervoix), Brent Davis (Baron Douphol), Wesley Morgan (Gastone), and Jason Hardy (Marquis d'Obigny). Soprano Ashley Curling will be making her professional debut in the role of Annina. World-renowned conductor Joseph Rescigno will be conducting.

This production will use sets owned by the Atlanta Opera and designed by Claude Girard and Bernard Uzan. David Gately will be returning to The Atlanta Opera as stage director. He was last at The Atlanta Opera directing “La bohème” in 2010.

“La traviata” will be sung in Italian with projected English translations.

Tickets are $25 to $132, plus tax, convenience and venue fees. They may be ordered online at atlantaopera.org, by phone at 404-881-8885 or the Bank of North Georgia Box Office at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre.

Smoke Signals, March 2013
 

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