Verdi's La Traviata

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The story of Violetta Valéry, a beautiful but mortally ill courtesan, has defined romantic tragedy ever since the Dumas novel that inspired it—La dame aux camellias—appeared in 1848. Violetta falls in love with Alfredo Germont and forsakes her glamorous life in Paris to live with him in the country. When his father convinces her that the affair is harming the family's reputation, she selflessly gives up Alfredo, but without telling him the true reason. Alfredo learns of her sacrifice too late.

Russian soprano Albina Shagimuratova is Violetta Valéry in the Houston Grand Opera's production of Verdi's beloved warhorse. Chad Shelton, an HGO regular, sings the role of Alfredo Germont. And Italian baritone Giovanni Meoni is Giorgio Germont.

CAST:
Violetta Valéry  Albina Shagimuratova
Alfredo Germont  Chad Shelton
Giorgio Germont  Giovanni Meoni
Gastone de Letorieres  Scott Quinn
Flora Bervoix   Catherine Martin
Baron Douphol  Boris Dyakov
Marchese d'Obigny  Mark Diamond
Doctor Grenvil  Nicholas Masters
Annina    Brittany Wheeler
Giuseppe   Brendan Tuohy
Messenger   Keenan Manceaux

CONDUCTOR:  Patrick Summers
STAGE DIRECTOR:  Daniel Slater
HOUSTON GRAND OPERA ORCHESTRA AND CHORUS
CHORUS MASTER:  Richard Bado

Approx. Length:  2 hours 4 minutes