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Washington National Opera: La traviata

Saturday, October 6, 2018 - Sunday, October 21, 2018

Washington National Opera

Violetta delights in high-class pleasures, but she is secretly dying. Will she know true love before death claims her? We launch the 2018–2019 season with a stunning new production of Verdi’s everlasting story of fate and sacrifice, renowned for its soaring arias and heart-wrenching ending.
Note: Artists from the Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Program star in the Friday, Oct. 19 performance of La traviata. Please see additional details below.

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Sometimes the greatest act of love is letting go.

La traviata
         
Music by Giuseppe Verdi / Libretto by Francesco Maria Piave, from the novel La dame aux Camélias by Alexandre Dumas
La traviata is a co-production of Washington National Opera, The Atlanta Opera, The Glimmerglass Festival, Seattle Opera, and Indiana University.

As a courtesan, the beautiful Violetta is the life of every party, toasting to high-class pleasures alongside wealthy men. But Violetta holds a devastating secret: she is sick and dying. When the affluent Alfredo confesses his love, happily-ever-after finally seems within reach—until his father condemns his lover’s low social status. Now Violetta must face an impossible choice between her happiness and Alfredo’s reputation before death claims her.

WNO Artistic Director Francesca Zambello launches the 2018–2019 season with a stunning new production of Verdi’s everlasting story, featuring an elegant new set design by Peter J. Davison and turn-of-the-century Paris costumes by Tony Award®–winning designer Jess Goldstein. From the famous brindisi drinking song to the heartbreaking “Addio del passato” aria, La traviata captures Violetta’s unforgettable plight to find love and be loved.

Performance Timing: Act One - 71 min.; Intermission - 25 min.; Act Two - 54 min.

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CASTING FOR ALL PERFORMANCES EXCEPT OCT. 19
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Violetta Valéry:                                             
Venera Gimadieva (10/6, 9, 11, 13, 15, 17, 21m)
Jacqueline Echols (10/7m, 14m, 20)      
Alfredo Germont:                                           
Joshua Guerrero (10/6, 9, 11, 13, 15, 17, 21m)
Mario Chang (10/7m, 14m, 20)
Giorgio Germont:
Lucas Meachem (10/6, 9, 11, 13, 15, 17, 21m)
Michael Chioldi (10/7m, 14m, 20)
Remaining Roles:
As listed below (these artists will perform on all dates)

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CASTING FOR THE OCT. 19 DOMINGO-CAFRITZ YOUNG ARTIST PERFORMANCE
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Violetta Valéry:
Marlen Nahhas
Alfredo Germont:
Joshua Blue
Giorgio Germont:
Joshua Conyers
Flora Bervoix:
Deborah Nansteel
Annina:
Alexandria Shiner
Gastone:
Arnold Livingston Geis
Barone Douphol:
Michael Hewitt
Marquis d’Obigny:
Samuel Weiser
Dottore Grenvil:
Timothy J. Bruno

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CREATIVE TEAM FOR THE PRODUCTION
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Conductor:                                        
Renato Palumbo             
Director:                                                             
Francesca Zambello
Associate Director
Jennifer Williams                            
Set Designer:                                    
Peter Davison
Costume Designer:                                        
Jess Goldstein
Lighting Designer:                                           
Mark McCullough
Choreographer: 
Parker Esse

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COME EARLY FOR FREE OPERA INSIGHTS
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Informative and entertaining, Opera Insights take you inside the composer's mind, behind the scenes of planning a production, and into the history and social context of each opera. 
These lectures are free, but patrons must present a ticket from any performance of La traviata.

Most Opera Insights begin 1 hour before the performance and last 20–25 minutes. Musicologist Saul Lilienstein's Opera Insights, scheduled for Wednesday, Oct. 17, begins 1 hour and 15 minutes before the performance and last 35–40 minutes.

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POST-PERFORMANCE TALKBACKS WITH THE ARTISTS
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Don't miss your opportunity to engage directly with our artists and share your thoughts on the experience you just had! Here's your chance to ask questions and get the inside scoop on the production from members of the cast and creative team. 
All discussions begin immediately after the performance and are free with your ticket.

La traviata Talkback Dates:
Sunday, Oct. 7
Sunday, Oct. 14
Monday, Oct. 15

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ABOUT THE DOMINGO-CAFRITZ YOUNG ARTIST PROGRAM
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Founded by Plácido Domingo in 2002 and currently guided by Robert Ainsley, this leading resident-training program cultivates promising young singers and accompanists on the verge of international careers, with many graduates going on to perform in the world’s top opera houses.

Acclaimed bass-baritone Alan Held will be the 2018–2019 Artist-in-Residence for the Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Program. His expert mentorship will include leading individual coaching sessions, presenting group classes on a variety of repertoire, and hosting career roundtable discussions.

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