By John Shulson
Verdi’s “La Traviata” ranks among the top 10 most done and seen operas in the repertoire. Based on “The Lady of the Camellias” by Alexandre Dumas, “Traviata" is the typical tale of the power and pain of love. Violetta is the high society courtesan who enjoys attention but fears giving up freedom, ultimately having it both ways, but not without emotional and physical turmoil and, of course, a last minute surge of hope before death.
By Roy Proctor | Special correspondent
Virginia Opera’s new take on the world’s most-often produced opera is vocally and instrumentally sumptuous, to be sure, but Verdi’s “La Traviata” at the Carpenter Theatre opens with a visual stunner that will take your breath away.
By Rich Griset
Preview: Virginia Opera’s “La Traviata” explores a timeless story of forbidden love.
By Terry Ponick
With astonishing performances by Cecilia Violetta López and Malcolm MacKenzie, Virginia Opera's current production of Verdi's tuneful, tragic masterpiece is a genuine three-hankie surprise.