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 Evening

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.  

Immerse Yourself

The upper levels transport us to the garden of Eden that is passionate love. Verdi’s Act Two has been transformed to capture the luscious feeling of lovers secluded in nature with perfect food and cocktails. Interactive activities round out the essence of heavenly love.

The lower levels tempt you to indulge in the pleasures of gambling, liquor, and treats for every sense at fellow courtesan Flora’s infamous party.

The party culminates in collective tribute to Violetta as she would wish - drinking, dancing, love and lust - with something offered and something to take away with you to remember your experience of Verdi’s masterpiece forever. 

* San Francisco Opera Debut

November 19, 2022

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

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

Made Possible By

The Traviata Encounter is made possible, in part, by the Creative Edge Fund with major support from Carol and Dixon Doll, Peter Fenton and Kate Greer and Bob Ellis.

La Traviata 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.

To learn about The Traviata Encounter and La Traviata sponsorship opportunities, please contact Chief Philanthropy Officer Lisa Bury at lbury@sfopera.com or (415) 551-6226 or Director of Business Partnerships Duygu Gun at dgun@sfopera.com or (415) 565-6458.