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Considered to be one of the world’s most popular operas, Guiseppe Verdi’s tragic romance, La Traviata opens on Friday, October 27, 2017 at the Margot and Bill Winspear Opera House in the AT&T Performing Arts Center in Dallas. The performance will be the second production in the Dallas Opera’s Sixty-First International Season sponsored by the Nancy A. Nasher and David J. Haemisegger Family.
La Traviata translated from Italian as, The Fallen Woman presents the melancholy tale of a disastrous romance based on La Dame aux Camélias, a play adapted from a novel by Alexandre Duma fils. Set in 19th century Paris, this magnificent production from Lyric Opera of Chicago stars American soprano Georgia Jarman as the famed courtesan, Violetta Valéry and American tenor René Barbera in his company debut as Alfredo, the naïve young man who falls head-over-heels for her.
Well known for her crystalline tone and unique attention to detail, soprano Georgia Jarman has captivated opera audiences across the U.S and Europe in performances at the Metropolitan Opera, New York City Opera, Brooklyn Academy of Music, Boston Lyric Opera, Atlanta Opera, New Orleans Opera, Florentine Opera, Covent Garden and in 2010 at her Dallas Opera debut as Donna Elvira in W. A. Mozart’s Don Giovanni.
In La Traviata, Ms. Jarman’s forlorn admirer is tenor René Barbera. Some of Mr. Barbera’s recent highlights include Almaviva with the Opéra National de Paris, Ramiro in La Cenerentola, Almaviva and Iopas in Les Troyens in San Francisco, Tonio in La Fille du Régiment with Greensboro Opera, Almaviva in Il Barbiere di Siviglia with Los Angeles Opera, Giannetto in La Gazza Ladra and Narciso in Il Turco in Italia at the Rossini Opera Festival in Pesaro. He also appeared as the Italian Tenor in Der Rosenkavalier at the Lyric Opera of Chicago; made his debut at the Metropolitan Opera as Lindoro in L’italiana in Algeri, conducted by James Levine. Mr. Barbera sang his first Alfredo in La Traviata in Palermo, Italy.
Adding to this impressive assemblage of talent is the Dallas Opera debut of acclaimed Italian conductor Carlo Montanaro guiding the performance from the podium and Stefania Panighini, in her American debut, directing the 2017 revival of a production originally staged by director Frank Galati.
This anticipated production made possible by the kind generosity of the Texas Instruments Foundation promises to be one not to be missed! Dallas Opera General Director & CEO Keith Cerny says, “I am confident that Georgia Jarman and René Barbera will captivate audiences with their profound artistry and, together, they should create some of the most exciting chemistry onstage this season.”
On July 24, 2011, American tenor René Barbera became the first male performer to win three prizes in the Operalia Competition. Only one week before his Dallas performance as Alfredo in La Traviata, Upscale Living Magazine had the pleasure of interviewing this rising star to see what was next on the horizon.
Sung in Italian, with English language translations projected above the stage, La Traviata can also be experienced at five additional performances: October 29, November 1, 4, 10, 12, 2017 in the Winspear Opera House with tickets starting at just $19. Tickets may be purchased online, 24/7, at “http://www.dallasopera.org” www.dallasopera.org or by contacting The Dallas Opera Ticket Office at 214.443.1000