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 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.