Final Performance is December 3
NEW SAN FRANCISCO OPERA PRODUCTION
By Giuseppe Verdi
November 11–December 3, 2022
Starting at $31
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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"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."
Italian baritone Simone Piazzola, [...] "brought fluid and gorgeously sonorous vocal tone to the role Alfredo’s stern but loving father."
-San Francisco Chronicle
"Power, ardor, conviction, and glorious sheen were the mainstays of towering tenor Jonathan Tetelman’s flawless vocalism."
-San Francisco Classical Voice
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.
* 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.
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.