Encounter opera like no one has before
The Traviata Encounter
Violetta Valéry, infamous Parisian courtesan and one of the greatest characters in opera, invites you to experience the world of La Traviata in an unforgettable, sexy, immersive event on November 19.
Experience the romance, drama and passion of one of opera’s great works in a new way at The Traviata Encounter. Enjoy the first act of Verdi’s 1853 opera, followed by an immersive evening of food, drinks, and dancing in a transformed Opera House.
The curtain rises on the lavish salon of Violetta’s Paris apartment, as Act I of Shawna Lucey’s stunning new production is performed in its entirety (approximately 25 minutes), with full orchestra, chorus, and principal cast. This Act contains timeless musical moments such as the haunting prelude, the impossible-not-to-hum-along-with “Libiamo ne’ lieti calici”, and the sparkling tour-de-force “Sempre libera.”
Following Act I, the action moves from the auditorium to the Opera House lobbies: ornate, hallowed hallways that have hosted opera audiences for decades, and that for one night only are transformed into a not-to-be-missed party you’ll want to share with friends old and new.
Hear The Music
Audio excerpts are from the 2009 cast 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