The Traviata Encounter

November 19, 2022

Overview

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 mingling with artists from the production in a transformed Opera House.

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

* San Francisco Opera Debut

Performance
November 19, 2022

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

Synopsis

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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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

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.