La Traviata presented by Livermore Valley Opera
Wednesday March 13, 8pm
Short pre-curtain talk at 7:15 in the theater
Performed in three acts and sung in Italian with English supertitles
Prices: $40 / $50 / $60 (sorry, no discounts)
Violetta Party 6:00 to 7:45: +$35: A meet and mingle party for opera patrons of Livermore and Napa. Heavy appetizers, wine, and dessert. Some interesting surprises planned, including a friendly taste-off of Napa vs. Livermore Cabernet Sauvignon
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Opera returns to the Opera House as the acclaimed Livermore Valley Opera travels north to bring Napa audiences La Traviata by Giuseppe Verdi, a favorite for 150 years, featuring some of the most memorable melodies in all of opera. The production is semi-staged with orchestra and chorus and features an accomplished cast with wide U.S. and European experience:
Voletta: Rebecca Davis, San Francisco Opera Merola alum, a rising artist in demand
Alfredo: David Gustafson, frequent San Francisco Opera singer; recent Rodolfo in LVO’s La Boheme
Germont: Torlef Borsting, former San Jose Opera Resident Artist, performs widely
La Traviata is one of the most popular operas and a staple of the standard operatic repertoire. It is the story of a lost woman who is rendered virtuous by her tortured and shattered love for the one man who dared to love her in spite of her past.
Performed in three acts and sung in Italian with English supertitles, composer Giuseppe Verdi adapted the opera from Alexandre Dumas’ romantic novel “La dame aux Camélias” (The Lady of the Camellias). In Verdi’s adaptation, La Traviata, which literally translates as The Fallen Woman, is the story of a young courtesan Violetta Valéry who finds the love of her short life in a young nobleman Alfredo Germont. But Alfredo’s father insists that Violetta break off her relationship with his son to protect his family’s reputation.
“La Traviata offers an emotional ride between the gaiety of 1800’s Parisian parties and the despair of a poignant ending,” says LVO President Jim Schmidt. “It belongs in the top tier of opera with some of the most familiar and enjoyable music known, and our cast brings the characters to life with rich vibrant voices and commanding stage presence.”
Lyric soprano and dramatic actress Rebecca Davis will sing Violetta. Alum of the famed San Francisco Opera Merola Program, Davis has performed numerous principal roles in major opera houses across the country. As Joshua Kosman (S.F. Chronicle) said of Rebecca Davis in a prior appearance as Violetta, she “boasts a big, vibrant sound that she keeps under superb control, as well as pinpoint technical command and a wealth of vocal coloration. Her voice is muscular enough to tackle the most daunting displays of power, but tenderly lyrical in more intimate passages.”
Tenor David Gustafson will sing Alfredo, Violetta’s lover. Gustafson who sang Roldolfo in LVO’s fall 2012 production of La bohème, is one of the Bay Area’s most popular opera singers. As reported in the S. F. Examiner when he sang Calaf, in Puccini’s Turnadot, Gustafson “has audacious tone and an imposing stage presence.”
Baritone Torlef Borsting will sing the part of Alfredo’s father Germont. His voice has been hailed as "heroic" and "wonderfully rich and warm" while his stage persona was lauded as "bigger than life" and "rakishly handsome". Borsting sung the part of Angelotti in LVO’s March 2012 production of Tosca.
Schmidt explains that LVO’s production of La Traviata will be unique even for opera aficionados. “If you have seen La Traviata before, our production promises to be a new experience, thanks to the imaginative direction of our stage director Brian Luedloff.” Luedloff who directed LVO’s production of Madama Butterfly in 2011, which San Francisco Classical Voice described as “riveting”, will present his vision of Verdi’s opera, opening March 9.