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Giuseppe Verdi

Composer

Francesco Maria Piave

Librettist

Based on the the play La Dame aux Camélias by Alexandre Dumas

April 22, 2022 at 7:00pm

April 24, 2022 at 2:00pm

Bass Performance Hall

Featuring the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra

Conducted by Maestro Joe Illick

In Italian with English and Spanish supertitles

Running time: approximately 1 hour and 35 minutes with no intermission

About

This season, as Fort Worth Opera celebrates over seven decades of riveting performances in North Texas, it is only fitting that the company pay homage to the timeless classic that ignited a passion for opera here in Fort Worth seventy-five years ago. On November 25, 1946, FWO presented its first production, Giuseppe Verdi’s La Traviata, to a sold-out house at the Will Rogers Memorial Auditorium. Last seen by local audiences during the company’s 2015 Festival, this soaring, romantic masterpiece returns to the grand stage of Bass Performance Hall on April 22 and 24, 2022, with the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra.

From the mind of brilliant young director, choreographer, and opera librettist John de los Santos (FWO’s 2018 María de Buenos Aires, 2014 The Pearl Fishers, 2011 The Mikado, Frontiers and more), this emotionally gripping, ninety-minute chamber realization of the opera is reimagined through a contemporary lens with a unique sculptural aesthetic courtesy of illustrious set designer and sculptor Liliana Duque Piñeiro and wildly inventive visual artist and costume designer, Ashley Soliman. Set within and around the vicinity of modern-day Paris and featuring masterful, atmospheric lighting by FWO Resident Designer Chad R. Jung, the opera’s glittering cast features Elaine Alvarez, Nathan Granner, Kenneth Overton, and the company’s Lesley Resident and Studio Artists.

Cast

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Elaine Alvarez

Violetta Valéry

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Nathan Granner

Alfredo Germont

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Kenneth Overton

Giorgio Germont

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Brandon Bell

Barone Douphol

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Gabrielle Gilliam

Dottore Grenvil

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Megan Koch

Annina

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Kayla Nanto

Flora Bervoix

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Prosper Makhanya

Marchese d’Obigny

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Autumn Capocci

Marie Brécourt

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Lwazi Hlati

Gastone de Letorières

Creative

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John de los Santos

Director

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Joe Illick

Conductor

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Chad R. Jung

Lighting Designer

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Liliana Duque Piñeiro

Set Designer

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Ashley Soliman

Costume Designer