Giuseppe Verdi

La Traviata

Upcoming Performances

Wednesday

Apr 24 at 7:30 PM

Saturday

Apr 27 at 8:30 PM

Overview

Michael Mayer’s richly textured new production features a dazzling 19th-century setting that changes with the seasons. Yannick Nézet-Séguin conducts soprano Diana Damrau as the tragic heroine, Violetta, and tenor Juan Diego Flórez as Alfredo, Violetta’s hapless lover. Baritone Quinn Kelsey is Alfredo’s father, Germont, who destroys their love. Another cast of stars takes over in the spring with soprano Anita Hartig as Violetta and tenor Stephen Costello as the lovers and Plácido Domingo and Artur Ruciński sharing the role of Germont, with Nicola Luisotti on the podium.

Production a gift of The Paiko Foundation

Major additional funding from Mercedes T. Bass, Mr. and Mrs. Paul M. Montrone, and Rolex

Languages

Languages sung in La Traviata

Sung In

Italian

Titles

Title languages displayed for La Traviata

Met Titles In

  • English
  • German
  • Spanish
  • Italian

Timeline

Timeline for the show, La Traviata

Estimated Run Time

3 hrs 7 mins

  • House Opens

  • Act I

    30 mins

  • Intermission

    30 mins

  • Act II

    64 mins

  • Intermission

    30 mins

  • Act III

    33 mins

  • Opera Ends

World premiere: Venice, Teatro la Fenice, 1853. Verdi’s La Traviata survived a notoriously unsuccessful opening night to become one of the best-loved operas in the repertoire. Following the larger-scale dramas of Rigoletto and Il Trovatore, its intimate scope and subject matter inspired the composer to create some of his most profound and heartfelt music. The title role of the “fallen woman” has captured the imaginations of audiences and performers alike with its inexhaustible vocal and dramatic possibilities—and challenges. Violetta is considered a pinnacle of the soprano repertoire.

Creators

In a remarkable career spanning six decades in the theater, Giuseppe Verdi (1813–1901) composed 28 operas, at least half of which are at the core of today’s repertoire. Francesco Maria Piave (1810–1876) was Verdi’s librettist during his productive middle period, who also worked with him on ErnaniMacbethRigoletto, and La Forza del Destino, among others. Alexandre Dumas fils (1824–1895) was the son of the author of The Three Musketeers. The play La Dame aux Camélias is based on his own novel of the same name.

PRODUCTION

Michael Mayer

SET DESIGNER

Christine Jones

COSTUME DESIGNER

Susan Hilferty

LIGHTING DESIGNER

Kevin Adams

CHOREOGRAPHER

Lorin Latarro

Headshot of Giuseppe Verdi

Composer

Giuseppe Verdi

Setting

With La Traviata, Verdi and Piave fashioned an opera from a play set in contemporary times—an exception in the composer’s long career. Dumas’s La Dame aux Camélias was a meditation on the author’s youthful affair with the celebrated prostitute Marie Duplessis, known as a sophisticated and well-read woman whose charms and tact far surpassed her station. The play is still staged today in its original form and exists in several film incarnations, most notably Greta Garbo’s Camille (1936).

 

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Music

Verdi’s musical-dramatic ability to portray the individual in a marginalized relationship to society keeps this work a mainstay on the world’s stages. The vocal and emotional scope of the title character is enormous—from her Act I show-stopper aria “Sempre libera degg’io” to the haunting regret of “Addio, del passato” in Act III to the extended Act II confrontation with her lover’s father, Germont.