La traviata


MAY 13 & 15m | 2016

La traviata, with performances on May 13 and 15, is the tale of Violetta, a doomed courtesan who falls in love with the devoted young Alfredo. An enthralling and heartbreaking masterpiece combining stunning music with wrenching drama, Giuseppe Verdi's work has become one of the cornerstones of the operatic canon. Ash Lawn Opera presents this semi-staged production in collaboration with The Oratorio Society of Virginia, their second partnership after the success of their 2014 co-production of Candide.

Cecilia Violetta Lopez (Metropolitan Opera, Virginia Opera), recently hailed by Opera News as one of the "25 Rising Stars" of opera, sings Violetta, a role for which the Washington Post praised her as "compelling" and "convincingly radiant." She is joined by Rolando Sanz (Metropolitan Opera, Virginia Opera) as the love-struck Alfredo. Audience favorite Hyung Yun (Metropolitan Opera, LA Opera) returns to Ash Lawn Opera, where he appeared as Sharpless in Madama Butterfly (2014), as Alfredo's concerned father, Germont. Emerging artists from the prestigious Maryland Opera Studio will round out the cast in supporting roles, and the members of The Oratorio Society of Virginia, which has presented outstanding choral works in Charlottesville since 1968, will make up its ensemble. La traviata will be directed by Mary Birnbaum (Santa Fe Opera, Juilliard School) and conducted by Michael Slon, Music Director of The Oratorio Society and Director of Choral Music at the University of Virginia.

Pre-Performance Lectures

Ticket holders are invited to join Michelle Krisel, Ash Lawn Opera's Artistic Director, 45 minutes before each La traviata performance for an enlightening and engaging lecture. She will be joined in conversation by Stage Director Mary Birnbaum and The Oratorio Society's Music Director Michael Slon.

Schedule & Tickets

May 13 at 7:30 pm - $25, 35, $49
May 15 at 2:30 pm - $25, $35, $49

For all performances, Youth (12 and under) $12 and Students (with I.D.) $16.50
Single tickets for La traviata on sale March 23
Tickets available at The Paramount Theater Box Office, open 10 am - 2pm, weekdays
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Cary Brown & Steven Epstein
John McCray
Mac & Elsie Thompson


Violetta Cecilia Violetta Lopez
Alfredo Rolando Sanz
Germont Hyung Yun
Gastone Miles Herr
Baron Douphol Mark Wanich
Marquis TJ Moeng
Doctor Grenville Antoine Hodge
Flora Jenny Anne Flory
Annina Sarah Best
Ensemble The Oratorio Society of Virginia

Artistic Team

Conductor Michael Slon
Stage Director Mary Birnbaum