La Traviata

Passion that knows no boundaries.

When the glamorous but fragile courtesan Violetta Valéry and her admirer Alfredo Germont find love, it seems nothing can keep them apart. But the rules of society and family expectations betray them, and Violetta’s fate takes a tragic turn.

Music by Giuseppe Verdi | Libretto by Francesco Maria Piave

Sung in Italian with English supertitles



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The Expert: Peter Susskind

Learn about the opera’s music, characters, composer and historical background.


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A trio of first-rate singing actors!

San Francisco Chronicle

Effervescent freshness and vivid talent!

San Francisco Examiner

As splendidly as each of these performers fared individually, they combined to make even greater magic when the plot brought them together.

San Francisco Chronicle

Nicola Luisotti, in his final production as the Company’s Music Director, conducted in a rush of vivid orchestral color and dramatic pacing.

San Francisco Chronicle

Romanian soprano Aurelia Florian made an incandescent U.S. debut... She’s a major addition to the Company’s roster.

San Francisco Chronicle

Brazilian tenor Atalla Ayan gave a warm-toned, immensely vibrant performance.

San Francisco Chronicle

Polish baritone Artur Rucinski was a commanding, full-throated presence as his implacable but loving father, Germont.

San Francisco Chronicle

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A Parisian courtesan sacrifices everything for the man she loves. 

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La Traviata Program Articles

Saving Violetta

Redemption turns up frequently in Verdi’s operas, but the composer never explored the theme as deeply or as personally as he did in La Traviata

Flower Girls

Violetta, Marguerite, Camille, and Julia Roberts’ Pretty Woman all stem from the same source: the 19th-century Parisian courtesan Marie Duplessis.

Q&A with the Music Director

"As to a favorite moment, I can’t make any particular choice. I am completely involved emotionally and musically with every single note of this eternal and glorious Music."

Cast & Creative

Violetta Valéry Aurelia Florian *
Alfredo Germont Atalla Ayan *
Giorgio Germont Artur Ruciński *
Flora Bervoix Renée Rapier
Gastone Amitai Pati
Baron Douphol Philip Skinner
Doctor Grenvil Anthony Reed
Marquis d’Obigny Andrew G. Manea
Annina Amina Edris
Solo Dancer Lorena Feijóo *
Solo Dancer Blanche Hampton
Solo Dancer Bryan Ketron


September 23, 26, 28; October 1, 3, 6, 8, 11, 14, 17, 2017



Conductor Nicola Luisotti
Production John Copley
Stage Director Shawna Lucey
Set Designer John Conklin
Lighting Designer Gary Marder
Chorus Director Ian Robertson
Choreographer Carola Zertuche *
Costume Designer David Walker
Fight Director Dave Maier

* San Francisco Opera debut

A San Francisco Opera production

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Photo (top): San Francisco Opera production of La Traviata/Cory Weaver