2017–18 Season: Violetta Valéry in La Traviata
Making her U.S. debut as Violetta Valéry in La Traviata, soprano Aurelia Florian premiered the role in 2013 at the Deutsche Oper Berlin, and has since performed it to wide acclaim at the Bavarian State Opera in Munich, New Israeli Opera in Tel Aviv, Den Norske Opera in Oslo, Zurich Opera, and the Savonlinna Festival in Finland. Born and trained in her native Romania, Florian began her professional career with the Romanian National Opera in Bucharest from 2008 through 2010. Particularly in demand for her Verdi and Puccini roles, she includes in her repertoire Magda in La Rondine, the title role of Luisa Miller, Mimì in La Bohème, Lida in La Battaglia di Legnano, Amalia in I Masnadieri, Juliette in Roméo et Juliette, and Marguerite in Faust (the latter of which she performed last season with New Israeli Opera). Later this year, Florian makes her house and role debut as Leonora in Il Trovatore at the Aalto Theater in Essen and returns to Den Norske Opera as Violetta.