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La Traviata

Giuseppe Verdi
To

April 23, May 1, 3, 7, 12, 18, AND 20, 2022


TICKETS ON SALE TUESDAY, JANUARY 11


Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts

Performance time is two hours and 50 minutes including two 25-minute intermissions



Violetta is the most captivating courtesan in all of Paris—but when she falls in love with a handsome young gentleman, Alfredo Germont, she dares to embrace a different type of life and love.

One of Verdi's most celebrated and popular operas, La Traviata features show-stopping arias and riveting drama. Our acclaimed production brings 1850s Paris to lavish life with spectacular party scenes, gorgeous period costumes, and genuine moments of love and heartbreak. Soprano Amina Edris, one of the most exciting up-and-coming voices on today’s operatic stage, stars as Violetta alongside internationally renowned tenor Matthew Polenzani as Alfredo.


Credits
Sung in Italian with English SURTITLESTM


Director Arin Arbus
Costume Designer Cait O'Connor
Lighting Designer Marcus Doshi
Set Designer Riccardo Hernandez
Price Family Chorus Master* Sandra Horst

CAST AND CREATIVE TEAMS


Conductor: Johannes Debus
Director: Arin Arbus
Set Designer: Riccardo Hernandez
Costume & Puppet Designer: Cait O'Connor
Lighting Designer: Marcus Doshi
Choreographer: Austin McCormick
Price Family Chorus Master: Sandra Horst

Violetta Valéry: Amina Edris
Alfredo Germont: Matthew Polenzani
Giorgio Germont: Simone Piazzola
Flora Bervoix: Jamie Groote
Marquis d’Obigny: Jonah Spungin
Baron Duphol: Gregory Dahl
Gastone: Matthew Cairns
Annina: Midori Marsh
Dr. Grenvil: Vartan Gabrielian

With the COC Orchestra and Chorus

A Canadian Opera Company production

Co-production with Houston Grand Opera and Lyric Opera of Chicago
The Story

Story

 

ACT I

While entertaining members of the demi-monde of French society in her Parisian home, the beautiful but frail courtesan Violetta Valéry is introduced to Alfredo Germont, a young man from Provence. Alfredo tells her that he has adored her since he first set eyes on her, and proclaims that no one could ever love her as much as he now does. Violetta gently rebuffs him but invites him to call on her the next day. Later, when alone, she ponders the possibility of finding true love, then laughs off the idea, declaring that her life will remain a whirl of pleasure.

 

INTERMISSION 

 

ACT II 

Scene i

Violetta has renounced her life as a Parisian courtesan and is now living happily in the country with Alfredo. Alfredo is surprised to learn that Violetta has been secretly selling off her possessions in Paris to pay for their living expenses, and, disturbed by this, he departs for Paris to raise enough money to buy back Violetta’s belongings. After he has left, Alfredo’s father, Giorgio Germont, pays a visit to Violetta. He tells her that he has a daughter who is currently engaged to a young man from a respectable family. He explains that Alfredo’s affair with a woman of Violetta’s reputation is a threat to his daughter’s marriage and begs Violetta to leave Alfredo forever. At his insistence Violetta agrees to break with Alfredo and writes a letter to him. Alfredo returns unexpectedly and Violetta quickly takes her leave, promising to return later. 

 

A messenger then delivers the letter to Alfredo, in which she tells him that she has left him forever to return to her former life in Paris. Germont returns, asking Alfredo to return to their family home but Alfredo, hurt and angered by Violetta’s rejection, sets off to find her in Paris. 

 

Scene ii

A party is in progress at the home of Violetta’s friend, Flora. Alfredo enters and proceeds to gamble. Violetta has returned to Baron Douphol, her rich protector. Fearing their confrontation could lead to a duel, Violetta begs Alfredo to leave. He is overcome with rage and, in front of all the guests, he insults Violetta who faints. Germont, in search of his son, arrives to witness the whole scene. 

 

INTERMISSION 

 

ACT III 

Violetta lies dying of consumption. She comforts herself by re-reading a letter from Germont, in which he explains that he has told his son the true reason for Violetta’s sudden break with him. Violetta’s maid Annina informs her that Alfredo has arrived and he rushes in, begging her to leave Paris with him forever. Violetta eagerly agrees but collapses. The doctor is summoned and he arrives with Alfredo’s deeply remorseful father. After saying her final farewell to Alfredo, Violetta dies in his arms.

 

 

Production Underwriters, artist sponsors, corporate recognition

Production Sponsor: CIBC

  • Sung in Italian with English SURTITLESTM


    Director Arin Arbus
    Costume Designer Cait O'Connor
    Lighting Designer Marcus Doshi
    Set Designer Riccardo Hernandez
    Price Family Chorus Master* Sandra Horst

    CAST AND CREATIVE TEAMS


    Conductor: Johannes Debus
    Director: Arin Arbus
    Set Designer: Riccardo Hernandez
    Costume & Puppet Designer: Cait O'Connor
    Lighting Designer: Marcus Doshi
    Choreographer: Austin McCormick
    Price Family Chorus Master: Sandra Horst

    Violetta Valéry: Amina Edris
    Alfredo Germont: Matthew Polenzani
    Giorgio Germont: Simone Piazzola
    Flora Bervoix: Jamie Groote
    Marquis d’Obigny: Jonah Spungin
    Baron Duphol: Gregory Dahl
    Gastone: Matthew Cairns
    Annina: Midori Marsh
    Dr. Grenvil: Vartan Gabrielian

    With the COC Orchestra and Chorus

    A Canadian Opera Company production

    Co-production with Houston Grand Opera and Lyric Opera of Chicago
  • Story

     

    ACT I

    While entertaining members of the demi-monde of French society in her Parisian home, the beautiful but frail courtesan Violetta Valéry is introduced to Alfredo Germont, a young man from Provence. Alfredo tells her that he has adored her since he first set eyes on her, and proclaims that no one could ever love her as much as he now does. Violetta gently rebuffs him but invites him to call on her the next day. Later, when alone, she ponders the possibility of finding true love, then laughs off the idea, declaring that her life will remain a whirl of pleasure.

     

    INTERMISSION 

     

    ACT II 

    Scene i

    Violetta has renounced her life as a Parisian courtesan and is now living happily in the country with Alfredo. Alfredo is surprised to learn that Violetta has been secretly selling off her possessions in Paris to pay for their living expenses, and, disturbed by this, he departs for Paris to raise enough money to buy back Violetta’s belongings. After he has left, Alfredo’s father, Giorgio Germont, pays a visit to Violetta. He tells her that he has a daughter who is currently engaged to a young man from a respectable family. He explains that Alfredo’s affair with a woman of Violetta’s reputation is a threat to his daughter’s marriage and begs Violetta to leave Alfredo forever. At his insistence Violetta agrees to break with Alfredo and writes a letter to him. Alfredo returns unexpectedly and Violetta quickly takes her leave, promising to return later. 

     

    A messenger then delivers the letter to Alfredo, in which she tells him that she has left him forever to return to her former life in Paris. Germont returns, asking Alfredo to return to their family home but Alfredo, hurt and angered by Violetta’s rejection, sets off to find her in Paris. 

     

    Scene ii

    A party is in progress at the home of Violetta’s friend, Flora. Alfredo enters and proceeds to gamble. Violetta has returned to Baron Douphol, her rich protector. Fearing their confrontation could lead to a duel, Violetta begs Alfredo to leave. He is overcome with rage and, in front of all the guests, he insults Violetta who faints. Germont, in search of his son, arrives to witness the whole scene. 

     

    INTERMISSION 

     

    ACT III 

    Violetta lies dying of consumption. She comforts herself by re-reading a letter from Germont, in which he explains that he has told his son the true reason for Violetta’s sudden break with him. Violetta’s maid Annina informs her that Alfredo has arrived and he rushes in, begging her to leave Paris with him forever. Violetta eagerly agrees but collapses. The doctor is summoned and he arrives with Alfredo’s deeply remorseful father. After saying her final farewell to Alfredo, Violetta dies in his arms.

     

     

    Production Underwriters, artist sponsors, corporate recognition

    Production Sponsor: CIBC


2022 season creative: BT/A

Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts capacity: 2,070
Ticket prices do not include service fees, $9 CAD.

La Traviata

Giuseppe Verdi
To

April 23, May 1, 3, 7, 12, 18, AND 20, 2022


TICKETS ON SALE TUESDAY, JANUARY 11


Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts

Performance time is two hours and 50 minutes including two 25-minute intermissions



Violetta is the most captivating courtesan in all of Paris—but when she falls in love with a handsome young gentleman, Alfredo Germont, she dares to embrace a different type of life and love.

One of Verdi's most celebrated and popular operas, La Traviata features show-stopping arias and riveting drama. Our acclaimed production brings 1850s Paris to lavish life with spectacular party scenes, gorgeous period costumes, and genuine moments of love and heartbreak. Soprano Amina Edris, one of the most exciting up-and-coming voices on today’s operatic stage, stars as Violetta alongside internationally renowned tenor Matthew Polenzani as Alfredo.

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