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Seattle Opera.

La Traviata

Jan. 14-28, 2017

"Thought-provoking, imaginative, striking, and well-sung."
–The Seattle Times

Overview

By Giuseppe Verdi

Verdi's passionate portrait of a worldly courtesan forced by bourgeois society to give up the man of her dreams remains an irresistible classic. Peter Konwitschny's "five star" (Sunday Telegraph) production emphasizes the elegant music and emotional story with clean, simple visuals and striking sophistication. This timeless tale of moral hypocrisy and selfless sacrifice is a milestone in opera history, sure to melt even the coldest heart.

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English National Opera, La traviata, 2013. Copyright Tristram Kenton.

In Italian with English subtitles | at McCaw Hall 
Approximate Running Time: 1 hour, 50 minutes with no intermission
Evenings at 7:30 PM. Sunday matinees at 2:00 PM.

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Synopsis

At a society event, guests await the arrival of Violetta Valéry, the city’s most sophisticated high-society courtesan. Violetta is dying, and the cruel voyeurs are eager to witness Violetta’s demise. The crowd foists a new admirer on her: a young, socially awkward bookworm named Alfredo Germont. But he lectures the prostitute, telling her that she should lead a respectable life in which love reigns supreme. She tries to dismiss his ideas as naïve and impractical, but reassesses her life, renounces her lifestyle, and moves to the country with Alfredo.

Violetta’s new perspective is shattered when Giorgio Germont, Alfredo’s solid, middle-class father, confronts her. He wants her to leave his family alone. Violetta agrees to comply with Germont’s wishes and returns to the brutal society she left behind. When Alfredo discovers that Violetta has abandoned him, he is devastated and seeks revenge.

Violetta prepares to die. Alfredo comes to visit her in the hope of conjuring up one final illusion of their love, but he is too late.

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Cast

Corinne Winters

Violetta

At Seattle Opera in 2016/17: Violetta, La traviata and Katya, Katya Kabanova

Hometown: Frederick, MD
Seattle Opera Debut: Violetta, La traviata (’17)
Recently: Fiordiligi, Così fan tutte (Royal Opera Covent Garden); Desdemona, Otello (Opera Vlaanderen); Fiordiligi, Così fan tutte (Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia)
Upcoming: Violetta, La traviata (San Diego Opera and Royal Opera Covent Garden)

Last updated: February 2017

Corinne Winters

Violetta

Seattle Opera Debut
Jan. 14, 21, 25, & 28

Angel Blue

Violetta

At Seattle Opera in 2016/17: Violetta, La traviata

Hometown: Los Angeles, CA
Seattle Opera Debut: Clara, Porgy and Bess (’11)
Recently: Clara, Porgy and Bess (Teatro alla Scala); Elena, Mefistofele (Festspielhaus, Baden-Baden); Mimì, La bohème (Semperoper Dresden)
Upcoming: Peri, Das Pardies und die Peri (Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia); Mimì, La bohème (Sächsische Staatsoper Dresden); BBC Hose for Cardiff Singer of the World

Last updated: January 2017

Angel Blue

Violetta

Jan. 15, 18, 22, & 27

Joshua Dennis

Alfredo

At Seattle Opera in 2016/17: Alfredo, La traviata

Hometown: Sacramento, CA
Seattle Opera Debut
Recently: Roméo, Roméo et Juliette (Minnesota Opera); Tamino, Die Zauberflöte (Michigan Opera Theater); Alfredo, La traviata (Opera Columbus, Opera Idaho)
Upcoming: Bern Venters, Bohlmer’s Riders of the Purple Sage, world premiere (Arizona Opera); Jaquino, Fidelio (Houston Symphony); Werther, Werther (Opera Idaho)

Last updated: October 2016

Joshua Dennis

Alfredo

Seattle Opera Debut
Jan. 14, 21, 25, & 28

Zach Borichevsky

Alfredo

At Seattle Opera in 2016/17: Alfredo, La traviata

Hometown: Philadelphia, PA
Seattle Opera Debut
Recently: Edmondo, Manon Lescaut (Metropolitan Opera); Anatol, Vanessa (Santa Fe Opera); Eisenstein, Die Fledermaus (Cincinnati Opera)
Upcoming: Soloist, Defiant Requiem: Verdi at Terezín (Chicago Philharmonic); Soloist, Recital with Kathryn Lewek (George Washington University); Alfredo, La traviata (Glyndebourne Festival) 

Last updated: January 2017

 

Zach Borichevsky

Alfredo

Seattle Opera Debut
Jan. 15, 18, 22, & 27

Weston Hurt

Germont

At Seattle Opera in 2016/17: Giorgio Germont, La traviata
At Seattle Opera in 2017/18: Sharpless, Madame Butterfly

Hometown: Houston, TX
Seattle Opera Debut:
Germont, La traviata (‘09)
Previously at Seattle Opera:  Talbot, Mary Stuart (’16); Nabucco, Nabucco (’15); Ford, Falstaff (’10)
Recently: Sharpless, Madame Butterfly (Berkshire Opera Festival); Germont, La traviata (New Orleans Opera); Scarpia, Tosca (Houston Grand Opera)
Upcoming: Valentin, Faust (New Orleans Opera), Scarpia, Tosca (Tulsa Opera)

Last updated: January 2017

Weston Hurt

Germont

Jan. 14, 21, 25, & 28

Stephen Powell

Germont

At Seattle Opera in 2016/17: Giorgio Germont, La traviata

Hometown: West Chester, PA
Seattle Opera Debut
Recently: Jaroslav Prus, The Makropulos Case (San Francisco Opera); Macbeth, Macbeth (Michigan Opera Theatre); Soloist, Carmina Burana (Minnesota Opera)
Upcoming: Oliver Jordan, Dinner at Eight, world premiere (Minnesota Opera); Britten’s War Requiem (North Carolina Symphony); Germont, La traviata (San Diego Opera)

Last updated: January 2017

Stephen Powell

Germont

Seattle Opera Debut
Jan. 15, 18, 22, & 27

Maya Lahyani

Flora

At Seattle Opera in 2016/17: Flora, La traviata and Varvara, Katya Kabanova

Hometown: Tel Aviv, Israel  
Seattle Opera Young Artist 2009/10 
Seattle Opera Debut: Dryad, Ariadne auf Naxos (’15)
Previously at Seattle Opera: Flora Bervoix, La traviata (’17)
Recently: Soloist, Alonzo King LINES Ballet (Yerba Buena Center for the Arts); Carmen, Carmen (PORTopera and Opera Las Vegas)
Upcoming: Varvara, Katya Kabanova (Seattle Opera); Flora, La traviata (Metropolitan Opera); Soloist, Mahler Symphony No. 2 (Charlotte Symphony Orchestra) 

Last updated: February 2017

Maya Lahyani

Flora

Jan. 14, 15, 18, 21, 22, 25, 27, & 28

Eric Neuville

Gastone

At Seattle Opera in 2016/17: A Nobleman, Count Ory; Gastone, La traviata; Testo, The Combat; and First Priest, The Magic Flute
At Seattle Opera in 2017/18: Messenger, Aida

Eric Neuville is a regular on operatic and concert stages throughout the country. Recent highlights include performances of Young Thompson in Tom Cipullo's Glory Denied at Nashville Opera, Mozart's Requiem with the Seattle Symphony, and the world premiere of John Muehleisen's Kippling Passion with Choral Arts NW. Neuville, a former Seattle Opera Young Artist, has performed on the mainstage for many roles, most recently as Gastone in La traviata.  Upcoming highlights include Pedrillo in Mozart’s Abduction from the Seraglio at Madison Opera, West Side Story Suite with Pacific Northwest Ballet, Bernstein’s Mass with Austin Symphony, and First Priest in The Magic Flute at Seattle Opera.

Last updated: March 2017

Eric Neuville

Gastone

Jan. 14, 15, 18, 21, 22, 25, 27, & 28

Barry Johnson

Baron Douphol

At Seattle Opera in 2016/17: Baron Douphol, La traviata 

Hometown: Douglas, AZ
Seattle Opera Debut: Marco, Gianni Schicchi (’90)
Previously at Seattle Opera: Sciarrone, Tosca (’15); Lackey, Ariadne auf Naxos (’15); Marullo, Rigoletto (’14) 
Recently: Frank, Die Fledermaus, and Sharpless, Madame Butterfly (Tacoma Opera); Dr. Dulcamara, The Elixir of Love (Vashon Opera)
Upcoming: Sacristan, Tosca (Vashon Opera); Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 (Tacoma City Ballet)

Last Updated: January 2017

Barry Johnson

Baron Douphol

Jan. 14, 15, 18, 21, 22, 25, 27, & 28

Charles Robert Austin

Dr. Grenvil

At Seattle Opera in 2016/17: Dr. Grenvil, La traviata

Hometown: Seattle, WA
Seattle Opera Debut: Antonio, The Marriage of Figaro (’16)
Recently: Bluebeard, Bluebeard’s Castle (Virginia Arts Festival, Buffalo Philharmonic, and Seattle Symphony); Soloist, Belshazzar’s Feast (Virginia Symphony); Praise-God Tweke, Merry Mount (Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra at Carnegie Hall)
Upcoming: Warden George Benton, Dead Man Walking (Vancouver Opera); Raimondo, Lucia di Lammermoor (Vashon Opera)

Last Updated: January 2017

Charles Robert Austin

Dr. Grenvil

Jan. 14, 15, 18, 21, 22, 25, 27, & 28

Jonathan Silvia

Marchese d’Obigny

At Seattle Opera in 2016/17: Second Armored Man, The Magic Flute  
At Seattle Opera in 2016/17: Imperial Commissioner, Madame Butterfly

 

Hometown: Kirkland, WA
Seattle Opera Debut: First Villager, Pagliacci (’08) 
Previously at Seattle Opera: High Priest of Baal, Nabucco (’15); Luther, The Tales of Hoffmann (’14); Imperial Commissioner, Madame Butterfly (’12)
Recently: Zuniga, Carmen (Pacific Northwest Opera); Oroveso, Norma (Skagit Opera)
Upcoming: Winterreise (Bellevue Presbyterian Church); Leporello, Don Giovanni (Pacific Northwest Opera); Second Armored Man, The Magic Flute (Seattle Opera)

 Last updated: January 2017

Jonathan Silvia

Marchese d’Obigny

Jan. 14, 15, 18, 21, 22, 25, 27, & 28

Karen Early Evans

Annina

At Seattle Opera in 2016/17: Annina, La traviata

Hometown: Seattle, WA
Seattle Opera Debut: First Handmaiden, Turandot (’12) 
Previously at Seattle Opera: Anna, Nabucco (’15); Mistress of Novices, Suor Angelica (’13)
Recently: Soprano soloist, Vedem (Music of Remembrance); Magda, La rondine (Puget Sound Concert Opera); Soprano soloist, Pagliacci Palooza (Vashon Opera)
Upcoming: Soprano soloist, New Year à la Française (Puget Sound Concert Opera); Regular chorus Katya Kabanova and The Magic Flute (Seattle Opera)

Last updated: January 2017

Karen Early Evans

Annina

Jan. 14, 15, 18, 21, 22, 25, 27, & 28

Kwangsuk Ku

Messenger

At Seattle Opera in 2016/17: Messenger, La traviata 
At Seattle Opera in 2017/18: Registrar, Madame Butterfly, and Officer, The Barber of Seville

Hometown: Seoul, South Korea
Seattle Opera Debut: Messenger, La traviata ('17)
Seattle Opera Chorus Member since 2016
Recently:  Chorus, The Flying Dutchman (Seattle Opera)
Upcoming: Chorus, Katya Kabanova and The Magic Flute (Seattle Opera)

Last updated: January 2017

Kwangsuk Ku

Messenger

Seattle Opera Debut
Jan. 14, 15, 18, 21, 22, 25, 27, & 28

Cast

Creative Team

Peter Konwitschny

Director

At Seattle Opera in 2016/17: La traviata

Hometown: Neumarkt i.d. Oberpfalz, Germany
Seattle Opera Debut
Recently: La bohème (Oper Leipzig); Lohengrin (Staatsoper Hamburg); Attila (Theater Lübeck)
Upcoming: Elektra (Staatstheater Stuttgart); La juive (Opéra national du Rhin); Peer Gynt (Theater an der Wien)

Last updated: January 2017

Peter Konwitschny

Director

Seattle Opera Debut

Mika Blauensteiner

Revival Director

At Seattle Opera in 2016/17: La traviata

Hometown: Vienna, Austria
Seattle Opera Debut
Recently: Assistant to Peter Konwitschny, La traviata (English National Opera, Graz, Vienna, Nuremburg); Assistant to Johannes Erath, Lohengrin (Oslo)
Upcoming: Co-director, The Lighthouse (Bregenz Festival); writer and performer, Intimate Talk (Orpheum, Vienna)

Last updated: January 2017

Mika Blauensteiner

Revival Director

Seattle Opera Debut

Stefano Ranzani

Conductor

At Seattle Opera in 2016/17: La traviata

Hometown: Milan, Italy
Seattle Opera Debut
Recently: La bohème (Bayerische Staatsoper); Macbeth (Teatro Colón); Madame Butterfly (Staatsoper Unter den Linden)
Upcoming: Madame Butterfly (Deutsche Oper Berlin); La bohème (Teatro La Fenice); Lucia di Lammermoor (Teatro di San Carlo)


Last updated:
January 2017

Stefano Ranzani

Conductor

Seattle Opera Debut

Johannes Leiacker

Production Designer

At Seattle Opera in 2016/17: La traviata

Hometown: Landshut, Germany
Seattle Opera Debut
Recently: Don Giovanni (Opera Frankfurt); La rondine (Oper Graz); Aida (Deutsche Oper am Rhein)
Upcoming: Set designer, Rigoletto (Ópera de Oviedo); set and costume designer, La juive (Opéra National du Rhin); set and costume designer, Carmen (Aalto-Musiktheater Essen)

Last updated: January 2017

Johannes Leiacker

Production Designer

Seattle Opera Debut

Lighting Designer

At Seattle Opera in 2016/17: La traviata

Hometown: Burnley, UK
Seattle Opera Debut
Recently: Carmen (Teatro Nacional de São Carlos and English National Opera); Benvenuto Cellini (English National Opera, Dutch National Opera); Xerxes (English National Opera)
Upcoming: Benvenuto Cellini (Opéra national de Paris)

Last updated: January 2017

Lighting Designer

Seattle Opera Debut

Geoffrey Alm

Fight Director

At Seattle Opera in 2016/17: Hansel and GretelLa traviata, and The Combat

Geoffrey Alm is a Fight Master with The Society of American Fight Directors and has taught around the world. He has worked at numerous theaters including Intiman, Seattle Repertory Theatre, Seattle Children’s Theatre, ACT,  Arizona Theatre Company, McCarter Theatre Center in Princeton, New Jersey, and the Huntington Theatre Company in Boston, as well as the Cincinnati Playhouse, The Kennedy Center, Kansas City Repertory Theatre, and The Santa Cruz Shakespeare Company. He was the fight director at Seattle Opera this season for La traviata and Hansel and Gretel, and he has worked on Seattle Opera’s Ring productions since 2000.

Last Updated: March 2017

Geoffrey Alm

Fight Director

Creative Team

Orchestra, Chorus, & Additional Artists

Orchestra

Violin I
Simon James, Concertmaster
Jennifer Bai
Mariel Bailey
Eugene Bazhanov
Cecelia Poellein Buss
Kelly Ferris
Ayako Gamo
Leonid Keylin
Mikhail Shmidt, Asst. Concertmaster
Clark Story

Violin II
Michael Miropolsky, Principal
Kathleen Boyer, Assistant Principal
Gennady Filimonov
Evan Anderson
Natasha Bazhanov
Brittany Boulding Breeden
Artur Girsky
Adrianna Hulscher

Viola
Susan Gulkis Assadi, Principal
Timothy Hale, Assistant Principal
Joseph Gottesman
Sayaka Kokubo
Laura Renz
Rachel Swerdlow

Cello
Meeka Quan DiLorenzo, Principal
Eric Han, Assistant Principal
Bruce Bailey
Vivian Gu
Charles Jacot
Joy Payton-Stevens

Bass
Jordan Anderson, Principal
Ted Botsford, Assistant Principal
Jonathan Burnstein

Flute
Zartouhi Dombourian-Eby, Principal

Oboe
Ben Hausmann, Principal

Clarinet
Eric Jacobs, Principal
Frank Kowalsky

Bassoon
Seth Krimsky, Principal

Horn
Mark Robbins, Principal
Jonathan Karschney

Trumpet
David Gordon, Principal
Vince Green

Trombone
Stephen Fissel, Principal

Timpani
Michael Crusoe, Principal

Percussion
Michael Werner, Principal

Harp
Valerie Muzzolini Gordon, Principal

Personnel Manager
Scott Wilson

Assistant Personnel Manager
Keith Higgins

 

 

The Orchestra is composed of members of the Seattle Symphony Orchestra. Rotating members of the string section are listed alphabetically.

 

Chorus

Soprano
Donna Baldwin
Jennifer Bromagen
Carissa Castaldo
Jennifer Cross
Dana Johnson
Laura Loge
Mary McLaughlin
Heather Mullin
Eleanor Stallcop-Horrox
Shelly Traverse
Erin White

Mezzo-Soprano
Lorraine Burdick
Laura Eichelberger
YeonSoo Lee
Cheryse McLeod Lewis
Gail Neil
Elizabeth Peterson
Melissa Plagemann
Allison Brooke Robertson
Susan Salas
Lucy Weber

Tenor
Nathan Barnes
Joel Cummings
Jon Farmer
Tim Janecke
Dustin Kaspar
Bob Leavens
IJohn Marzano
Karl Marx Reyes
Stephen Wall

Bass/Baritone
Dan Aarthun
Ryan Bede
Michael Dunlap
Craig Grayson
Glenn Guhr
Michael Heitmann
Kwangsuk Ku
Gregory Lewis
Dierre Lopez

Actors

Sally Brady
Eliana Harrick
Joanne Klein
Ava Messinger
Alice Porter
Mary Kay Voss

 

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Seattle Opera Guild
In memory of Marian E. Lackovich and Captain Louis J. Lackovich

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