La Traviata Comes to Town
By Michael Pearl
Pro Musica presents its fourth annual season of opera with a brand new production of Guiseppe Verdi’s most romantic and heart-rending of all operas, La Traviata, based on Alexandre Dumas’s famous novel La Dame Aux Camellias. With two performances on Friday and Saturday, February 13 and 14, 2015, at the Teatro Ángela Peralta, there will be no better way to woo your loved one than by bringing him or her to this Valentine’ weekend of love, lust and licentiousness and plying him or her with champagne during the intervals, just as Violetta does at the famous parties she lights up with her glamour and gay abandon.
Fri and Sat, Feb 12 and 14, 2015, 7pm
Teatro Ángela Peralta
Building on the triumph of last season’s stunning production of Il Trovatore, we bring together the same creative team for our production of one of the world’s most beloved operas, including Stage Director Ragnar Conde and the extraordinarily talented Mario Alberto Hernández as Music Director. The opera is suffused with glorious aria after glorious aria and the ill-fated lovers will be sung by Rodrigo Garciarroyo and Enivia Mendoza, who have set the stage alight with their world-class singing in several of our productions. The unforgettable love story of Violetta and Alfredo is set amid the unashamed luxury of 19th century Paris’s haute monde. The lovers’ passion blossoms at brilliant balls and parties and matures in a country idyll, only for it to be rent asunder by her father’s demand that they separate. In the final act Violetta, alone and penniless, lies dying as Alfredo rushes to her bedside, only for her to die in his arms in an unforgettable moment of exquisite painful ecstasy.
We will once again be using the moving projected images that were so popular with audiences in last year’s production to set the scenes, and, there will be super titles in both English and Spanish. The program book will also be fully bilingual.
The stars of the opera will sing at a Gala Fundraiser for Pro Musica’s education outreach program, Rhyme, Rhythm & Reason, on Tuesday February 10, in a stunning private hacienda, where the evening will include a performance by the children from the program, a champagne reception, and a three-course dinner with wine.
A limited number of VIP packages is available, including an orchestra seat for your choice of a performance of the opera, champagne during the intervals, a ticket for the Gala, and an invitation to the last night cast party.
To enhance your enjoyment and understanding of the opera the Instituto Allende’s Lifelong Learning Program will be holding a course looking in depth at La Traviata and current approaches to staging the opera on the afternoons of January 5, 7, and 12. For details contact the Instituto Allende or go to the web site: http://instituto-allende.edu.mx/lifelonglearning
The course will make you more aware not only of the acting and vocal performance skills needed by the singers, but also of how a producer/director’s interpretation of an opera expresses or alters the composer’s original intent.
Tickets for the opera and VIP packages go on sale to the general public at Pro Musica’s usual ticket outlets on November 21, and early birds can obtain them directly from Pro Musica now at www.promusicasma.com. Note that for those of you who live out of town, we now sell tickets at La Conexion’s office at the Libriamiento a Dolores 105.