Pro Musica Presents Verdi’s Grand Opera La Traviata
By Michael Pearl
Of the popular middle trilogy operas that Verdi composed (Rigoletto and Trovatore make it up), La Traviata is probably the most popular. The sensitive, heart-rending story of the lovely Violetta racked to the end by the cruel malady of tuberculosis has stolen the hearts of millions. It seems appropriate; therefore, that Pro Musica should follow last season’s acclaimed production of Trovatore with the work that many think is the highlight of his career. La Traviata will be staged at the Angela Peralta theatre on Friday and Saturday, February 13th and 14th, with both performances starting at 7pm.
Pro Musica Opera Series
Verdi: La Traviata
Fri, Feb 13, 7pm
Sat, Feb 14, 7pm
Teatro Ángela Peralta
The woman at the heart of the opera is Camille (the woman of the camellias), but in the world of opera she’s Violetta Valery, la Traviata (the lost one), a butterfly who dwells on the fringes of high society and lives only for pleasure. Verdi’s beloved 1853 opera tells the story of the 11th-hour romance that turns this jaded demi-mondaine, into a passionate, but doomed, lover.
This is one of the supreme roles in all opera. All sorts of sopranos sing, or attempt to sing the role, as few singers can resist the complex lure of the tragic, self-sacrificing heroine – the archetypal whore with a heart – and a voice, of gold. From the giddy finale of the first act to the heroic outbursts later, the score is a challenge for even the best of sopranos. With Enivia Mendoza as our Violetta we have a singer who has demonstrated her fire and staying power time and again for us, starring as Floria Tosca in our inaugural opera production and memorably bringing the house down at the Teatro Ángela Peralta in the last Act of Trovatore for us last year.
Violetta’s true love, Alfredo, is sung by the ever more stunning Rodrigo Garciarroyo, who gains in stature and voice with every opera he sings in. To prepare for this role Rodrigo has just returned from two months in New York studying with one of America’s greatest voice teachers, Arthur Levy, solely to hone his operatic skills singing Verdi.
Not only may we expect vocal fireworks from our two principals, but they also have a stage chemistry, which makes both their characters utterly believable and will draw you into the drama as if they were your own family. The other members of the cast are equally superb. For example our much loved Enrique Angeles sings Alfredo’s arch-rival, the Baron, the same part he sang in the much praised production of La Traviata in León last year, which many of you saw.
The stars of the opera will sing at a Gala Fundraiser for Pro Musica’s education outreach program, Rhyme, Rhythm & Reason, on Tuesday 10th February, in a stunning San Miguel hacienda, where the evening will include a performance by the children from the program, a champagne reception and a three course dinner with wine. Tickets for this event are included in a limited number of VIP packages, which include 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.
Tickets for the opera are 650/550/250/150 pesos each, and, together with VIP packages, are on sale at La Tienda in La Biblioteca; La Conexión, only at Aldama 3 and Libramiento a Dolores 105, and at Box Office of the Angela Peralta theater.
Details of all Pro Musica’s concerts and Patron Membership are on our web site, www.promusicasma.com, or contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org