Willy Deckers theatrically innovative, modern production of La Traviata presents a timeless examination of love in all of its manifestations: a courtesans love of luxury and freedom, the youthful exuberance of newfound love, the desire to protect family and social station and ultimately, one individuals truly selfless love for another. Focusing on the misunderstandings of social class, person and intent, Deckers production brings a fresh perspective to Verdis sensitive portrayal of Violetta, a courtesan who falls in love with the romantically naive Alfredo. Convinced by Alfredos father that her love for his son will only bring ruin to his family, Violetta renounces Alfredo and returns to her life at court. By the time Alfredo learns the truth, it is too late; Alfredo confesses his love to Violetta just moments before she dies in his arms from tuberculosis. The current Met production features soprano Diana Damrau as Violetta and tenor Simir Pirgu as Alfredo, and brings back the legendary tenor Placido Domingo in a surprising new role as the baritone Germont (Alfredos father). Yannick Nezet-Seguin conducts. Trip Leader: Maria Purciello. Tickets must be reserved in advance through the Music Office.
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