June 14, 16, 20 & 22, 2018 | 7:30 p.m.
Music by Giuseppe Verdi
Libretto by Francesco Maria Piave
Sung in Italian with projected translation
Performance length: 3 hours
A love so true it took her breath away
Violetta had it all—a lavish apartment, beautiful gowns and jewels, fine champagne in crystal glasses. She was a courtesan in 1850s Paris, flirting and toasting her way through life. For this pretty woman, it seemed that the party would never end. And then, she met him.
Cincinnati Opera returns home to Music Hall with a "lavish" production (Opera News) of Verdi’s irresistible classic. It’s no wonder Traviata is one of the best-loved operas of all time—filled with soaring melodies, sweeping emotions, rousing drinking songs, and passionate characters. After stealing our hearts as Liù in our spectacular 2015 Turandot, French soprano Norah Amsellem will hold the audience “spellbound” (Financial Times) as the famed courtesan Violetta Valéry. Korean tenor Ji-Min Park returns as Violetta’s lover, Alfredo, after his “beautifully sung and engagingly acted” (Cincinnati Enquirer) performance in Don Pasquale (2015).
Cincinnati Business Courier
"A superb cast of singing actors, excellent conducting from the pit and seamless direction." Read the review.
"Stunning...heartbreaking...You couldn’t ask for a better celebration of their return." Read the review.
Seen and Heard International
"Norah Amsellem, a stunning French soprano, would have made Verdi very happy [as Violetta]." Read the review.
"At the curtain, there was a standing ovation for all involved." Read the review.
The Oakwood Register
"The music was so pure, so lucid and engaging... The exquisite sets, well devised stage movement, and Spanish dancing by the [Cincinnati] Ballet made for an unforgettable evening." Read the review.
Jay Harvey Upstage
"Lavish and also deep-delving" Read the review.
Cast & Creative Team
Violetta Valéry Norah Amsellem
Alfredo Germont Ji-Min Park
Giorgio Germont Youngjoo An
Gastone de Letorieres Martin Bakari
Baron Douphol Thomas Dreeze
Marchese D’Obigny Simon Barrad
Doctor Grenville James Eder
Flora Bervoix Reilly Nelson
Annina Nicolette Book
Giuseppe Samuel Smith
Messenger Michael Young
Flora's Servant Stefan Erik Egerstrom
Conductor Renato Balsadonna
Stage Director Linda Brovsky
Scenic & Costume Designer Desmond Heeley
Lighting Designer Thomas C. Hase
Co-Lighting Designer Krista Billings
Wig & Make-up Designer James Geier
Chorus Master Henri Venanzi
Choreographer Johanna Wilt
This production is owned by Lyric Opera of Chicago and is a generous and deeply appreciated gift of the Gramma Fisher Foundation of Marshalltown, Iowa.
Original production staged by Frank Galati
Enhance your La Traviata knowledge with a pre-curtain lecture one hour before each performance in Music Hall's Corbett Tower. Evans Mirageas, The Harry T. Wilks Artistic Director, provides overviews and insights into the opera's history, music, and production. Free to all ticket holders. No reservations required.
In the News
6.17.2018 The Oakwood Register: Cincinnati Opera celebrates rebirth of Music Hall, launch of 2018-2019 season with Verdi's La Traviata
6.15.2018 Opera Lively: 'La Traviata' at Cincinnati Opera
6.15.2018 Seen and Heard International: A Triple-Threat Soprano Heads Traviata Cast
6.15.2018 Cincinnati Business Courier: ‘La Traviata’ a triumph as Cincinnati Opera returns to Music Hall
6.15.2018 Jay Harvey Upstage: 'La Traviata' opens renovated Music Hall for Cincinnati Opera season
6.15.2018 Cincinnati Business Courier: Staging premieres well worth the risk, Cincinnati arts leaders say
6.15.2018 ArtsWave Guide: Cincinnati Opera kicks off their return to Music Hall with a toast to love and beauty
6.14.2018 Cincinnati Refined: 41 Amazing Backstage Photos Of Cincinnati Opera’s "La Traviata"
6.8.2018 Cincinnati Business Courier: As Cincinnati Opera nears its 100th anniversary, collaboration is key
6.7.2018 Cincinnati Enquirer: Behind the curtain: Cincinnati Opera's back at Music Hall with a more functional backstage
6.01.2018 Movers & Makers Cincinnati: Old, new, borrowed, blue and 'Traviata' too
5.30.2018 Cincinnati Magazine: Cincinnati Opera's Killer Summer Lineup
4.15.2018 WQXR Operavore: Warm Weather Opera Worth Traveling For
7.14.2017 Cincinnati Enquirer: Ambitious fare planned for Cincinnati Opera's move back to Music Hall