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La Traviata

A Profile of Choreographer Val Caniparoli -- 20th Anniversaries for 'Lambarena' and 'Lady of the Camellias'

Sean Martinfield | Posted 03.15.2015 | Arts
Sean Martinfield

This season marks the 20th Anniversary of choreographer Val Caniparoli's immensely popular ballet, Lambarena. The work was created in 1995 for San Francisco Ballet and - at the heart of its inspirational force - Principal Dancer Evelyn Cisneros.

Tenor Michael Fabiano: On La Bohème, Now at San Francisco Opera

Sean Martinfield | Posted 01.19.2015 | San Francisco
Sean Martinfield

During our recent conversation, we talked about the discipline involved for the tenor who has Rodolfo on his performance calendar. Rodolfo is a physically climactic role. A succession of performances requires much more than muscle memory.

Attention Must Be Paid

George Heymont | Posted 09.27.2014 | Arts
George Heymont

The San Francisco Opera recently revived John Copley's 1987 production of Verdi's masterpiece (commissioned by Terry McEwen) as part of its 2014 summer season. Not having seen this particular production since it came online nearly 25 years ago, I had looked forward to getting reacquainted with its charms.

L.A. Opera Season to Open with "La Traviata"!

Jay Weston | Posted 09.19.2014 | Los Angeles
Jay Weston

"Why are you so passionate about opera" was a question thrown at me today, and I puzzled for a response. It certainly was not something which came naturally to me from my environment.

A Conversation with Dmitri Hvorostovsky - This Week at Davies Hall

Sean Martinfield | Posted 07.21.2014 | San Francisco
Sean Martinfield

Dmitri Hvorostovsky and pianist Ivari Ilja are in recital at Davies Hall on Sunday, May 25. The program begins with a collection of songs by a variety of Russian composers, set to the poetry of Alexander Pushkin.

A Fabulous Debut at Davies Symphony Hall for Natalie Dessay

Sean Martinfield | Posted 05.18.2014 | San Francisco
Sean Martinfield

Natalie Dessay's musicianship is sublime. It is her commitment to the text -- and thus, to the heart and soul of the character she communicates -- that stimulates and mobilizes her vocal delivery.

Verdi's 'La Traviata,' A Courtesan's Love Story

David Kiley | Posted 01.23.2014 | Detroit
David Kiley

Like more than a few operas, it seems, the character at the center is a courtesan, Violetta, who is fairly burned out from her life entertaining men and believes she will die soon. Entering her life, though, is a well-meaning -- if naive -- Alfredo Germont who has long been intrigued by Violetta with no apparent recognition of her profession or lifestyle.

Attention Must Be Paid

George Heymont | Posted 01.23.2014 | Arts
George Heymont

Call me old-fashioned, but I'm the kind of person who is frequently more turned on by process than product. I like following the path of artistic creation that begins with an idea.

Santa Fe Opera's Beguiling Season

Rodney Punt | Posted 11.26.2013 | Arts
Rodney Punt

The Santa Fe Opera's top laurels for the 2013 season were not necessarily won by its most anticipated productions. Of the five works staged, three were fashioned around star singers -- a world premiere tragedy, an Offenbach farce and a rarely performed late work of Rossini.

Architecture as Protagonist: The Oak Park Traviata

Roxane Assaf | Posted 10.16.2013 | Chicago
Roxane Assaf

Among Lloyd Wright's earliest design and construction projects was his first family home built in Oak Park, Ill., a lush Chicago suburb with its own professional opera company, Verismo Opera Theater.

Becoming Traviata

Ayano Hodouchi | Posted 07.27.2013 | Arts
Ayano Hodouchi

What does it take to become Traviata, one of opera's most famous heroines? A lot of rehearsals. A French documentary shows the making of Traviata at t...

WATCH: Behind The Scenes Of A Classic Opera

Posted 03.26.2013 | Arts

Giuseppe Verdi's "La Traviata" -- "the fallen woman" in Italian -- tells the tale of Violetta, a tragic heroine who is desperate to remain free and lo...

'La Traviata' 160 Years Later

Wilborn Hampton | Posted 05.15.2013 | Arts
Wilborn Hampton

The Met Opera returned its minimalist and modernistic production of La Traviata to the stage Thursday night with a thrilling Diana Damrau singing Viol...

Heartfelt Standing Ovation For The Met Opera's 'La Traviata'

AP | By MIKE SILVERMAN | Posted 03.15.2013 | Arts

NEW YORK -- Two spontaneous eruptions from the audience just about said it all as the Metropolitan Opera revived Willy Decker's brilliantly stripped-d...

The Met Season Analysis Part 4: What to Expect From March to May

Opera Teen | Posted 12.01.2012 | Arts
Opera Teen

Bow to the Met Season! It is your leader!

Main Character Upstaged In 'La Traviata'

AP | GEORGE JAHN | Posted 05.31.2012 | Home

VIENNA -- Verdi's La Traviata is a recognized showcase for the role of Violetta, the courtesan with the heart of gold who chooses honor over love only...

Singer Bows Out Mid-Opera

AP | Posted 04.22.2012 | Home

NEW YORK -- Natalie Dessay needed a relief soprano at the Metropolitan Opera. After struggling through the first act of Verdi's "La Traviata" on Satu...

People Like Opera, Virtually

AP | Posted 06.15.2012 | Home

NEW YORK — The Metropolitan Opera in New York has reached a landmark in its movie-theater broadcasts from the stage to the world: 10 million tic...

The Understudy Steps In For 'La Traviata.' How'd She Do?

AP | MIKE SILVERMAN | Posted 06.08.2012 | Home

NEW YORK — Last season Willy Decker's radical restaging of Verdi's "La Traviata" took the Metropolitan Opera by storm, with soprano Marina Popla...

The Doors Collaborate With Skrillex

Posted 02.13.2012 | Home

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The Met's New "Traviata"

Howard Kissel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Howard Kissel

The new production of Verdi's "La Traviata," unveiled New Year's Eve at the Metropolitan Opera, is pretty strenuous -- the singers have to do a lot of running, jumping and gymnastics.

OPERA: CultureZohn (Singing in the Streets)

Patricia Zohn | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Patricia Zohn

2010-09-27-rheingoldbox.jpgThe Metropolitan Opera offers proof that the double dealing, back-stabbing, larger-than-life emotion of Wagner rivals any of our great governmental dramas.

Two Operas You'll Never See Performed at the Met!

George Heymont | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
George Heymont

Whether deploying a chorus line of Ku Klux Klansmen, mocking every symbol of Christianity, or filling the theatre with nonstop profanity, Jerry Springer:The Opera has something to offend everyone.

My Visit to Venice

Michael Kaiser | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Michael Kaiser

La Fenice in Venice has been one of the most important opera houses for over two centuries. Verdi alone wrote "Attila," "Rigoletto," "La Traviata" and "Simon Boccanegra" for La Fenice!

Madness at the Met: Slatkin vs. Gheorgiu, Round Two

Ivan Katz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Style
Ivan Katz

The Met seems to have embraced the old Hollywood Star System and is now milking it for all its worth.