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La Traviata (Sept. '14)

Composed more than 150 years ago, Giuseppe Verdi’s La Traviata, or “The Fallen Woman,” remains an operatic classic. Set in lavish 19th century Paris, this tragic love story follows the emotional adventure of a Parisian courtesan, Violetta, and her one true love, Alfredo. Once content with being the object of desire for many men, Violetta faces heartbreak, as she must abandon Alfredo to save his family’s honor. Making her Lyric Opera of Kansas City debut, Joyce El-Khoury, a rising star, takes on the vocally demanding role of Violetta.

Estimated runtime: 2 hours and 40 minutes including two intermissions
Sung in Italian with English and Italian titles

Know before you go, immerse yourself in La Traviata with the resources below:

  1. Traviata – Then and Now
  2. Cast, Characters and Artists
  3. Brief Synopsis
  4. Detailed Plot Outline
  5. La Traviata clips from other opera companies
  6. Photos and renderings previewing the production
  7. Musical highlights from La Traviata
  8. Giuseppe Verdi and the creation of La Traviata
  9. The Wordsmiths: Piave and Dumas
  10. Operatic Traviatas
  11. Bibliography

Download a full, printable version of all the La Traviata resources

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