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