Although the 1853 premiere of La Traviata in Venice was one of the more spectacular flops in the history of opera, today it enjoys amazing popularity. At the time, Verdi tried to play down the message of the original work (La Dame aux Camélias by Alexandre Dumas fils), but the audience was still unable to stomach a contemporary plot and a positive portrayal of a courtesan on an opera stage. Nevertheless, the part of Violetta Valéry (the title Traviata, or “lost woman; the woman who strayed” in Italian) became the crown jewel of the greatest sopranos of all time, and the moving and melodious work turned into one of the greatest opera classics. La Traviata returns to the series of broadcasts in a new production directed by Michael Mayer and conducted by Yannick Nézet-Séguin. The pair of star-struck lovers is played by Diana Damrau and Juan Diego Flórez.
conductor: Yannick Nézet-Séguin
production: Michael Mayer
set designer: Christine Jones
costume designer: Susan Hilferty
lighting designer: Kevin Adams
cast: Diana Damrau as Violetta Valéry, Juan Diego Flórez as Alfredo Germont, Quinn Kelsey as Giorgio Germont