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Overview

The June 27, 2020 broadcast of this production on 98.1 KING FM was originally recorded on January 21, 2017. It features Corinne Winters as Violetta, Joshua Dennis as Alfredo, and Weston Hurt as Germont. Full cast list is available below.

By Giuseppe Verdi

Verdi's passionate portrait of a worldly courtesan forced by bourgeois society to give up the man of her dreams remains an irresistible classic. Peter Konwitschny's "five star" (Sunday Telegraph) production emphasizes the elegant music and emotional story with clean, simple visuals and striking sophistication. This timeless tale of moral hypocrisy and selfless sacrifice is a milestone in opera history, sure to melt even the coldest heart.

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Screenshot from the La traviata preview.

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English National Opera, La traviata, 2013. Copyright Tristram Kenton.

In Italian with English subtitles | at McCaw Hall
Approximate Running Time: 1 hour, 50 minutes with no intermission
Evenings at 7:30 PM. Sunday matinees at 2:00 PM.

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Synopsis

At a society event, guests await the arrival of Violetta Valéry, the city’s most sophisticated high-society courtesan. Violetta is dying, and the cruel voyeurs are eager to witness Violetta’s demise. The crowd foists a new admirer on her: a young, socially awkward bookworm named Alfredo Germont. But he lectures the prostitute, telling her that she should lead a respectable life in which love reigns supreme. She tries to dismiss his ideas as naïve and impractical, but reassesses her life, renounces her lifestyle, and moves to the country with Alfredo.

Violetta’s new perspective is shattered when Giorgio Germont, Alfredo’s solid, middle-class father, confronts her. He wants her to leave his family alone. Violetta agrees to comply with Germont’s wishes and returns to the brutal society she left behind. When Alfredo discovers that Violetta has abandoned him, he is devastated and seeks revenge.

Violetta prepares to die. Alfredo comes to visit her in the hope of conjuring up one final illusion of their love, but he is too late.

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Cast

Corinne Winters

Violetta

At Seattle Opera in 2016/17: Violetta, La traviata and Katya, Ka