La Traviata at Opéra de Montréal: A Triumphant Revival

Written in 1853 by Giuseppe Verdi, La Traviata is one of the world’s most popular operas, and based on the novel “La Dame aux Camelias” by Alexandre Dumas, fils.

Opéra de Montréal’s recent production of Verdi’s La Traviata “The Fallen Woman” dazzled audiences with its breathtaking performances and innovative direction.

It tells the tragic tale about the Parisian courtesan, Violetta, who attempts to leave the frantic and party-filled life she knows behind, in an attempt to finally find peace and true love.

Violetta falls deeply in love with Alfredo Germont. Their idyllic life is shattered when Alfredo’s father, Giorgio Germont, intervenes, leading to a series of tragic events. The opera is renowned for its emotional depth and Verdi’s exquisite score, making it a staple in the operatic repertoire.

Set in the dazzling 1920s Paris, this 3 act opera was led by the luminous Talise Trevigne as Violetta and the impassioned Antoine Bélanger as Alfredo. Ready to give up everything to fullfill their passionate romance, one they both believe they deserve, the couple challenges the beliefs and standards of their time.

Directed by Alain Gauthier, the staging brought new depth to the beloved classic. The principal cast also included the esteemed James Westman as Giorgio Germont.

The closing performance held on May 14th, held a special surprise. Due to James Westman’s vocal indisposition, Mikelis Rogers, who in tandem plays the role of the Baron Douphol, skillfully shadow-sang the role of Giorgio Germont from the side wings.

To his credit, Westman’s remained on stage and his acting remained impeccable, creating a unique and memorable experience for the audience.

This rendition of La Traviata was a co-production of Manitoba Opera, Edmonton Opera, Pacific Opera Victoria, Vancouver Opera, and Opéra de Montréal.

The sumptuous and lavish period costumes and set design by Christina Poddubiuk added to the visual splendor of the production. Fine attention was brought to every costume and the constant use of a Grand Staircase for each act was executed seamlessly.

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With a strong cast, lavish decor, set & costumes with live music from l’Orchestre Metropolitain, this production of La Traviata stood out as a testament to Opéra de Montréal’s dedication to artistic excellence and adaptability, making it a must-see event of the season.

La Traviata ran In Italian with English and French surtitles, from the 4th to the 14th of May 2024 at Salle Wilfrid Pelletier of La Place des Arts.

For more information on up-coming Opéra de Montréal productions, please visit: Opéra de Montréal.