This Fall

La Traviata


By Giuseppe Verdi



November 11–December 3, 2022


Giuseppe Verdi


Starting at $31

Run Time

Approximately 3 hours, including two intermissions


Sung in Italian with English supertitles


Francesco Maria Piave

Her love was never for sale.

Fame. Power. Fortune. Violetta Valéry has it all as Paris’ most admired courtesan. But never has she allowed herself to experience true love. All that changes when a naive young man enters her Paris salon and offers her a romance full of tenderness and compassion. But can their love ever be free from the social stigmas of her past?

Music Director Eun Sun Kim leads the San Francisco Opera Orchestra and chorus in Shawna Lucey's sumptuous new vision of Verdi's masterpiece—the first new production of La Traviata built by San Francisco Opera's own craftspeople since 1987.

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Why See It

It’s the opera that makes Julia Roberts cry in Pretty Woman—and its story has inspired artists from Sofia Coppola to Baz Luhrmann, whose film Moulin Rouge! shares its DNA.

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The Buzz

"Italian baritone Simone Piazzola, [...] as Alfredo’s father Giorgio Germont, displayed a true baritone with an intensity of tone that appears to be very well suited to the big Verdi roles. He is an artist to watch."
-Arts Beat LA

"The high notes posed no problem, but unlike many tenors who essay the role, [Jonathan] Tetelman had the heft and color to carry the lower portions."
-Opera News

"Pretty Yende was the star of the evening... Looking like a younger sister of Naomi Campbell, this media favorite has everything needed to be the people’s Violetta of the twenty-first century."
-Opera News


There was no place for love in Violetta Valéry’s life as a popular Paris courtesan. But then Alfredo Germont walked into her salon—turning both of their worlds upside down.

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* San Francisco Opera Debut

November 11, 13, 16, 22, 25, 27, 30; December 3, 2022

Previous performances of La Traviata can be found in our Archive.

Hear The Music

Audio excerpts are from the 2009 production of La Traviata with the San Francisco Opera Orchestra conducted by Sir Donald Runnicles.

  • “Ah, fors’è lui”/Anna Netrebko;
  • “Madators’ Chorus/San Francisco Opera Men’s Chorus;
  • “De’ miei bollenti spiriti”/Charles Castronovo;
  • “Di Provenza il mar, il suol”/Dwayne Croft;
  • Chorus of Fortune-Tellers/San Francisco Opera Women’s Chorus;
  • “Libiamo”/Charles Castronovo and the San Francisco Opera Chorus;
  • “Un dì felice”/Charles Castronovo

Made Possible By

This production is made possible, in part, by Barbara A. Wolfe; Jerome L. and Thao N. Dodson; John A. and Cynthia Fry Gunn; Burgess and Elizabeth Jamieson; the Edmund W. and Jeannik Méquet Littlefield Fund; Jan Shrem and Maria Manetti Shrem; and the Thomas Tilton Production Fund.