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La Traviata opens Met Summer Encore

Published:Thursday | July 16, 2015 | 2:06 AM
Natalie Dessay stars in 'La Traviata'.
Russsian baritone Dmitri Hvorostovsky sings the role of Giorgio Germont in Verdi’s 'La Traviata'.

On Sunday, the Met 2015 Summer Encore series opens at Palace Cineplex only with Verdi's La Traviata.

French coloratura soprano Natalie Dessay stars as the tragic courtesan Violetta Valery in Willy Decker's inventive modern-dress staging of La Traviata. It also stars American tenor Matthew Polenzani as the pining Alfredo Germont, who risks his good family name for love, and Russsian baritone Dmitri Hvorostovsky as his disapproving father, Giorgio.

Met principal conductor Fabio Luisi leads the tragic love story which, according to the Los Angeles Times, "delivers style, sparkle, and stirring drama".

Highly influential

The Italian Romantic composer Giuseppe Fortunino Francesco Verdi, primarily known for his operas, is considered amongst the most influential composers of operas of the 19th century. He dominated the Italian scene after Bellini, Donizetti and Rossini.

Verdi enjoyed sustained acclaim and success, crowned by Rigoletto and Il Trovatore, by the time he approached the relatively young age of 40 years old. Having received a commission from the Teatro La Fenice in Venice, he chose to focus on a play with a contemporary theme, La Dame aux Camelias, by Alexandre Dumas, fils (Jr), taken from the playwright's earlier novel.

The character Violetta was based on the real-life courtesan Rose Alphonsine Plessis, known as Marie Duplessis in the demimonde she inhabited.

The Met 2015 Summer Encore series in Jamaica will feature three other select performances from the groundbreaking Live in HD series. They are Donizetti's La Fille du Regiment (August 16), Lehar's The Merry Widow (September 6), and Verdi's Aida (September 20).

Tickets are now on sale for Summer Encores at the box offices of Palace Cineplex and via the web at, with a Palace Card.