Vancouver Opera Ends Season with La Traviata April 30 – May 12, 2011

The 2010 / 2011 season of the Vancouver Opera is coming to a close next month, but not before the highly-acclaimed Opera company presents its grand finale to the season: six performances of Verdi’s La Traviata, running from April 30 – May 12, 2011.

In choosing La Traviata, the Vancouver Opera once again proves its ability to appeal to both opera aficionados and opera novices. For those in the latter camp, La Traviata is an inspired pick not just because it’s exciting to stage and truly touching in its pathos but because the music from La Traviata is among the best-known opera music in the world. Think you don’t know any music from La Traviata? Think again. Chances are you’ve heard “Libiamo ne’lieti calici” (Drinking Song); it’s a standard for any great tenor—check out the Three Tenors (Domingo, Carreras and Pavarotti) performing it here.

La Traviata is the story of the doomed love affair between Parisian courtesan Violetta and the upper-class Alfredo, whose family is determined to separate the lovers. The opulent new production by the Vancouver Opera and director Sir Jonathan Miller promises to be a must-see, with lavish sets and dramatic and vocal intensity from stars Erin Wall (Violetta) and David Pomeroy (Alfredo).

Vancouver Opera’s La Traviata runs April 30, May 3, 5, 7, 10, 12, 2011, at the historic Queen Elizabeth Theatre. Get ticket info, listen to music from La Traviata and read the “opera manga” at the Vancouver Opera site.


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