Thursday, July 10, 2003

Three reasons to see 'La Traviata'

By Janelle Gelfand
The Cincinnati Enquirer

[IMAGE] Miroslav Dvorsky is Alfredo and Hasmik Papian is Violetta in Cincinnati Opera's La Traviata.
(Philip Groshong photo)
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1. The opera: Tuneful and sentimental, Verdi's La Traviata has been a favorite for 150 years. Opera newcomers and veterans alike never tire of the story of the beautiful Parisian courtesan Violetta, whose love affair with Alfredo is cut short when she dies of consumption.

2. The soprano: Hasmik Papian sings the role of Violetta Valery. Papian, who wowed the crowd when she sang the title role in Cincinnati Opera's Aida in 2000, has performed in all the major European music centers and made her Metropolitan Opera debut in 1999. She hails from Armenia.

3. The production: Lavish and traditional, the set comes from Lyric Opera of Chicago. The glamorous party scene in Violetta's Paris home will include lively waltzing (choreographed by Cincinnati Ballet artistic director Victoria Morgan), capped by the famous Brindisi (drinking song).

If you go

What: Cincinnati Opera's La Traviata

When: 8 p.m. today, Saturday and July 18.

Where: Music Hall

Tickets: $22-$120; 241-2742 and at Web site.

Lecture: Opera Insights, free, at 7 p.m. each day

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