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Sarasota Opera Expands Fall Season with Verdi’s La traviata

September 15, 2009

Patricia G Horwell - Communications Officer - (941) 366-8450, ext. 332

Last year’s new fall opera season proved so successful that the Sarasota Opera has expanded its 2009 offering to six performances of Verdi’s tragedy La traviata. This popular opera will run for six performances (one more than the previous season) from October 30 through November 11.
La traviata is the story of Violetta Valery, a courtesan whose life of wild parties, flowing wine, and attentive male admirers is killing her. The love of a devoted admirer Alfredo Germont can save her, but she sacrifices her own survival to protect the honor of his family.  This tragic tale was based on a famous play and novel by Alexandre Dumas, The Lady of the Camellias, which was the basis of the Greta Garbo film Camille and Baz Lurhman’s Moulin Rouge. 
Sarasota Opera’s fall production will star Lina Tetriani as the ill-fated Violetta.  Ms. Tetriani was last heard in Sarasota to critical raves as Magda in Puccini’s La rondine in 2008. This past summer she was acclaimed in Chautauqua Opera’s production of Menotti’s The Consul. She has also been heard at Paris’ Théâtre du Châtelet and at the Wexford Festival in Ireland. She will return to the Chatelet in January to sing the title role in Bellini’s Norma.
Her lover Alfredo Germont will be sung by Edgardo Ernesto Ramírez whose debut last season as Nemorino in The Elixir of Love was an audience and critical favorite. Marco Nisticò will return to sing his father Giorgio Germont. Mr. Nisticò has quickly become a Sarasota Opera favorite for his performances as Francesco Foscari in I due Foscari, Figaro in The Barber of Seville, and Rodrigue in Verdi’s Don Carlos. This summer he received rave notices for his performance as Dulcamara in The Elixir of Love at the Caramoor Festival in New York.
Martha Collins, who staged The Elixir of Love last season for Sarasota Opera, will direct. The sets were originally designed for New Orleans Opera by David Gano. Costumes are by Sarasota Opera’s resident costume designer Howard Tsvi Kaplan and lighting by Ken Yunker.
Sarasota Opera Artistic Director Victor DeRenzi will conduct.  The company will also renew its successful collaboration with Sarasota Orchestra who will once again play for these performances.
La traviata will be sung in Italian with simultaneous English translations above the stage. 
Performances will take place in the William E. Schmidt Opera Theater of the Sarasota Opera House on October 30, November 3, 5 and 11 at 8 p.m. Matinees beginning at 1:30 p.m. will be given on November 1 and 8. Tickets range from $19 to $120 and are on sale now in person at the Sarasota Opera box office at 61 N. Pineapple Avenue, Sarasota, or by calling (941) 366-8450, ext. 1.
Tickets are also available online at http://www.sarasotaopera.org. The website now features “Select Your Own Seat” ticketing through a generous grant from the Gulf Coast Community Foundation.
Production Details:
La traviata: Opera in three acts (two intermissions) by Giuseppe Verdi; Libretto by Francesco Maria Piave
Sung in Italian with English supertitles
Performances (6): October 30, November 1 (Matinee), 3, 5, 8 (Matinee), 11
Conductor  Victor DeRenzi
Stage Director  Martha Collins
Scenic Designer  David Gano*
Costume Coordinator  Howard Tsvi Kaplan
Lighting Designer  Ken Yunker
Wig & Make-Up Designer  Georgianna Eberhard
Chorus Master  Roger L. Bingaman
Cast
Violetta Valery Lina Tetriani
Alfredo Germont Edgar Ernesto Ramírez
Giorgio Germont Marco Nisticò
Flora Bervoix Alissa Anderson
Annina Joanna Nelson Gates
Gastone Alex Richardson*
Baron Douphol Evan Brummel
Il Marchese d'Obigny Jonathan Moots*
Dottore Grenvil Benjamin Gelfand
Giuseppe Brandon Snook
A Messenger Christopher Filipowicz
Servant to Flora Samus Haddad
* Sarasota Opera debut