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Features & Reviews

Style Weekly: Pretty Woman

By Rich Griset

Preview: Virginia Opera’s “La Traviata” explores a timeless story of forbidden love.

The Washington Post: A winning team for Virginia Opera’s ‘La Traviata’ at George Mason

By Joan Reinthaler

The Virginia Opera has a fine “La Traviata” on its hands. Verdi’s sad but sumptuous opera opened Saturday for two performances at George Mason University’s Center for the Arts. And while soprano Cecilia Violetta Lopez’s Violetta may have carried the show brilliantly, she had a lot of help — in a cast of fresh-sounding young voices, an excellent orchestra (members of the Richmond Symphony) led by Andrew Bisantz with a compelling mix of momentum and flexibility, and in sets that gave an impression of both lightness and elegance.

Connections Newspapers: A Heartbeat Through the Universe | Virginia Opera presents “La Traviata.”

By David Siegel

Be smitten with Violetta, the brave woman who learns that “love can be inspired by a passing glance,” but happiness is not such an easy journey. This is the grand sweep of Verdi’s “La Traviata,” the world’s most performed opera, coming to the Center for the Arts, courtesy of Virginia Opera with music by the Richmond Symphony Orchestra.

WHRO: A Ghost's View of La Traviata

By Sarah Kingsley

To close the season, Virginia Opera premieres a brand new traditional staging of La Traviata, directed by Lilian Groag. A classic Italian opera composed by one of the masters of the art form – Giuseppe Verdi – La Traviata is the most performed opera in the world today and remains an audience favorite on our stages since the inaugural season when it was first performed in 1975. Set in decadent mid-1800’s Paris, the story tells of a lovely courtesan who falls in love with a man she cannot have.