La Traviata “Live” at Ft. Lewis
The Met: Live in HD continues at FLC on Mar. 11 with La Traviata
Performance transmitted “live” to FLC campus from New York’s Metropolitan Opera
DURANGO, Colo. – The Met: Live in HD, presented by the Community Concert Hall at Fort Lewis College in partnership with The Metropolitan Opera, continues the 2017 series on Saturday, Mar. 11, 2017 with Giuseppe Verdi’s La Traviata.
La Traviata will be broadcast live in high definition from New York’s Metropolitan Opera in the Vallecito Room of the Fort Lewis College Student Union beginning at 10:55 a.m. Run time is approximately 2 hours and 33 minutes with one intermission.
Sonya Yoncheva reprises her widely praised interpretation of the tragic courtesan Violetta Valéry, one of opera’s most beloved heroines and a role considered a pinnacle of the soprano repertoire. She performs opposite Michael Fabiano as her lover, Alfredo, and Thomas Hampson in one of his most acclaimed Met roles as Alfredo’s protective father, Giorgio Germont. San Francisco Opera Music Director Nicola Luisotti conducts.
Wrote The Huffington Post of the current production, “Traviata shines anew at the Met with Yoncheva and Fabiano… A memorable operatic outing.”
La Traviata is based on the play La Dame aux Camélias, which was adapted from the novel with the same title known frequently in English as Camille, written by Alexandre Dumas. The opera premiered at La Fenice on Mar. 6, 1853 and received predominantly negative reviews. Following the opening, Verdi rewrote sections of Acts 2 and 3, and re-opened the opera on May 6, 1854 at Teatro San Benedetto in Venice to much greater success.
This Verdi opera is the fourth most-staged work at the Met, with 996 performances to date. Numerous notable Met sopranos have sung the role of Violetta, including Maria Callas, Nellie Melba, Joan Sutherland, and Beverly Sills, with Licia Albanese singing a record number of 87 performances of the role with the company.
The “magic” of The Met: Live in HD events is that they are delivered 100 percent live via satellite. Audiences throughout the world experience the production at the same time as the audience sitting in the Metropolitan Opera itself. Additionally, between acts, the Live in HD viewers are treated to backstage interviews and other features the “in person” audiences never see. Behind the scenes host for La Traviata is Isabel Leonard.
The Met Live in HD series will feature three additional performances during the 2016-2017 season:
- 25, 2017, 10:55 a.m. – Idomeneo (Mozart)
- 22, 2017, 10:55 a.m. – Eugene Onegin (Tchaikovsky)
- May 13, 2017, 10:30 a.m. – Der Rosenkavalier (New Production) (R. Strauss)
Since the Live in HD series launched in 2006, more than 17 million tickets have been sold to opera lovers worldwide. The Met: Live in HD is now seen in more than 2,000 theaters in 70 countries.
Advance tickets for individual screenings of The Met: Live in HD ($20-$23 plus service fee) are available on-line at www.durangoconcerts.com or by calling 970.247.7657, or at the Ticket Office inside the Durango Welcome Center at 8th St. and Main Ave. in Downtown Durango.
Tickets are also be available on the morning of each performance, one hour in advance of show time, at the FLC Student Union.
Celebrating its 20th Anniversary Season in 2016-2017, the Community Concert Hall is a not-for-profit, multi-use performance venue located on the campus of Fort Lewis College. Its ability to bring a diverse spectrum of shows to Southwest Colorado is made possible through a partnership with the college, a state-supported, independent institution of higher education, and through financial and in-kind contributions from generous members of the community.