Opera Orlando's 'La Traviata' Features Mexican-American Soprano, Cecilia López.
Opera Orlando is celebrating one of opera's greats: Giuseppe Verdi. Audiences can enjoy his beloved classic, La Traviata, opening Halloween weekend at the Walt Disney Theater at Dr. Phillips Center and features the internationally known Mexican-American soprano, This updated production takes inspiration from the life and experiences of Molly Bloom, who at 26 years old ran the world's most exclusive high-stakes poker game, became an FBI target, and lost everything. Set in the underworld of New York in 2013, this production explores the parallels between Violetta, the title character in the opera, and Molly Bloom. They are both fierce women who own their life choices and navigate their questionable circumstances with a moral integrity that, in the opera, makes the tragic ending all the more heartbreaking. Opera Orlando artistic director Grant Preisser develops and directs this new take on Verdi's classic in collaboration with conductor and pianist Stephanie Rhodes Russell, making her Company debut. La Traviata will also welcome back internationally-acclaimed Mexican-American soprano Cecilia Violetta López singing the role of Violetta. Opera Orlando fans will remember Ms. López's stunning guest appearance as part of the 2016 One Voice Orlando concert, a response to the Pulse nightclub tragedy, as well as her glorious Company debut as Mimi in the 2017 production of La Bohème.
Conductor Stephanie Rhodes Russell makes her Opera Orlando debut leading the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra, with artistic director Grant Preisser directing this original, updated production that takes inspiration from the life and experiences of Molly Bloom. Internationally renowned soprano Cecilia Violetta López returns to Opera Orlando as Violetta, whose plight in the original story is a perfect parallel to Bloom. Both Violetta and Bloom own their life choices and navigate their questionable circumstances with a moral integrity that makes the tragic ending of the opera all the more heartbreaking. She will be joined by Victor Ryan Robertson and Thomas Cannon, both making their company debuts as father and son Germont. The stellar cast will also feature members of the Opera Orlando Chorus and dancers from the Orlando Ballet.
Here is an excerpt of López singing the role of 'Violetta'.
DR. PHILLIPS CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS WALT DISNEY THEATER FRIDAY | October 29 at 7:30 p.m. SUNDAY | October 31 at 2 p.m. Music by Giuseppe Verdi & libretto by Francesco Maria Piave Sung in Italian with English supertitles. Estimated run time is two and a half hours with one intermission. Age Advisory - PG-13 Tickets start at $19
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