Great Performances at the Met: La Traviata

Air date: 04/05/2019

Great Performances at the Met: La Traviata

Premieres nationwide Friday, April 5 at 9 p.m. on PBS (check local listings)
Encores Sunday, April 7 at 12 p.m. on PBS (check local listings)

Synopsis:

Season 13 of Great Performances at the Met comes to primetime with Verdi’s masterpiece La Traviata, premiering nationwide Friday, April 5 at 9 p.m. on PBS (check local listings). Conducted by new Metropolitan Opera music director Yannick Nézet-Séguin, the opera stars Diana Damrau in the pinnacle soprano role of Violetta alongside Juan Diego Flórez as her hapless lover Alfredo and Quinn Kelsey as his father Germont.

 

Michael Mayer’s new production follows courtesan Violetta Valéry, who knows she will die soon and wishes to leave her professional life for a chance at love. After meeting the charming Alfredo Germont at a party, the two begin a relationship and move to the country in an effort to enjoy their love away from society. A tumultuous visit from Alfredo’s father, the bourgeois Giorgio Germont, casts doubt in Violetta’s heart for the future of their relationship, causing her to abandon their love nest. After seeing Violetta on the arm of a baron, a jealous Alfredo must fight for his love and reunite with her before it is too late. Anita Rachvelishvili hosts.

 

Short Listing

See Michael Mayer’s rich production of Verdi’s classic opera, conducted by Yannick Nézet-Séguin.

 

Long Listing

See Michael Mayer’s richly textured production of Verdi’s classic opera, starring soprano Diana Damrau as the tragic heroine Violetta and Juan Diego Flórez as her hapless lover Alfredo. Met Opera music director Yannick Nézet-Séguin conducts.

Notable Talent:

  • Diana Damrau – Violetta Valéry
  • Juan Diego Flórez – Alfredo Germont
  • Quinn Kelsey – Giorgio Germont
  • Yannick Nézet-Séguin – conductor
  • Anita Rachvelishvili – host

 

Noteworthy Fact:

  • La Traviata marks conductor Yannick Nézet-Séguin’s first new production since becoming the Met’s music director in September 2018. Nézet-Séguin’s previous Great Performances at the Met appearances include Carmen (2010), Don Carlo (2010), Faust (2012), Rusalka (2014) and Otello (2016).

 

Run time: 3 hours

 

Production Credits:

  • Michael Mayer – Production
  • Christine Jones – Set Designer
  • Susan Hilferty – Costume Designer
  • Kevin Adams – Lighting Designer
  • Lorin Latarro – Choreographer

 

For the Met, Gary Halvorson directs the telecast. David Frost is Music Producer. Mia Bongiovanni and Elena Park are Supervising Producers, and Louisa Briccetti and Victoria Warivonchik are Producers. Peter Gelb is Executive Producer. For Great Performances, Bill O’Donnell is Series Producer; David Horn is Executive Producer.

 

Underwriters:

Corporate support for Great Performances at the Met is provided by Toll Brothers, America’s luxury home builder®. Major funding for the Met Opera presentation is provided by the National Endowment for the Arts. This Great Performances presentation is funded by the Anna-Maria and Stephen Kellen Arts Fund, The Joseph and Robert Cornell Memorial Foundation, Ellen and James S. Marcus, The Philip and Janice Levin Foundation and public television viewers.

 

Series Overview:

Great Performances at the Met is a presentation of THIRTEEN Productions LLC for WNET, bringing the best of the Metropolitan Opera into the homes of classical music fans across the United States.

 

Websites:

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About the Met

Under the leadership of General Manager Peter Gelb and Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin, The Metropolitan Opera is one of America’s leading performing arts organizations and a vibrant home for the world’s most creative and talented artists, including singers, conductors, composers, orchestra musicians, stage directors, designers, visual artists, choreographers, and dancers. The company presents more than 200 performances each season of a wide variety of operas, ranging from early masterpieces to contemporary works. In recent years, the Met has launched many initiatives designed to make opera more accessible, most prominently the Live in HD series of cinema transmissions, which dramatically expands the Met audience by allowing select performances to be seen in more than 2,200 theaters in more than 70 countries around the world.

 

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Juan Diego Flórez as Alfredo, Diana Damrau as Violetta, and Scott Scully as Gastone in Verdi's "La Traviata." Photo: Marty Sohl / Met Opera

The prelude of Verdi's "La Traviata." Photo: Jonathan Tichler / Met Opera

Diana Damrau as Violetta in Verdi's "La Traviata." Photo: Marty Sohl / Met Opera

Diana Damrau as Violetta and Juan Diego Flórez as Alfredo in Verdi's "La Traviata." Photo: Marty Sohl / Met Opera

Kevin Short as Dr. Grenvil, Diana Damrau as Violetta, Quinn Kelsey as Giorgio Germont, and Juan Diego Flórez as Alfredo in Verdi's "La Traviata." Photo: Marty Sohl / Met Opera

Quinn Kelsey as Giorgio Germont in Verdi's "La Traviata." Photo: Marty Sohl / Met Opera

Act II, Scene 2 of Verdi's "La Traviata." Photo: Marty Sohl / Met Opera

Juan Diego Flórez as Alfredo in Verdi's "La Traviata." Photo: Marty Sohl / Met Opera

Diana Damrau as Violetta in Verdi's "La Traviata." Photo: Marty Sohl / Met Opera

Diana Damrau as Violetta in Verdi's "La Traviata." Photo: Marty Sohl / Met Opera

- Quinn Kelsey as Giorgio Germont, Selin Sahbazoglu (background) as his daughter, and Diana Damrau as Violetta in Verdi's "La Traviata." Photo: Marty Sohl / Met Opera

Kirstin Chávez (center) as Flora Bervoix in Act II, Scene 2 of Verdi's "La Traviata." Photo: Marty Sohl / Met Opera

Solo dancer Martha Nichols (center) in Act II, Scene 2 of Verdi's "La Traviata." Photo: Marty Sohl / Met Opera

Diana Damrau as Violetta in Verdi's "La Traviata." Photo: Marty Sohl / Met Opera

Juan Diego Flórez as Alfredo and Diana Damrau as Violetta in Verdi's "La Traviata." Photo: Marty Sohl / Met Opera

Juan Diego Flórez as Alfredo in Verdi's "La Traviata." Photo: Marty Sohl / Met Opera

Diana Damrau as Violetta and Juan Diego Flórez as Alfredo in Verdi's "La Traviata." Photo: Marty Sohl / Met Opera

Diana Damrau as Violetta and Juan Diego Flórez as Alfredo in Verdi's "La Traviata." Photo: Marty Sohl / Met Opera