(March 13, Orlando, FL) – On May 9 & 11, the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra will produce Verdi’s romantic opera, La Traviata, at Bob Carr Performing Arts Centre (401 W. Livingston Street, Orlando). Performances will be Friday, May 9 at 8 p.m. and Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 11 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $20-$82, available at 407-770-0071 or visit OrlandoPhil.org.
Originally set in the ornate salons of 19th century Paris, La Traviata (“The Fallen Woman”) tells the story of Violetta, a famed courtesan who enjoys her carefree life, but longs for passion. She falls deeply in love with a young respectable nobleman, but their affair is cut short by his family’s disapproval and her frail health. The Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra’s production, stage directed by Frank McClain, will be re-set in the Parisian renaissance of the 1920s.
Most will recognize the plot of La Traviata from its adaptation for Baz Luhrmann’s 2001 Australian-American jukebox musical Moulin Rouge! and J. F. Lawton’s classic 1990 movie Pretty Woman, starring Richard Gere and Julia Roberts, also based on Alexandre Dumas’ 1848 novel The Lady of the Camellias.
Conducted by Orlando Philharmonic Music Director Christopher Wilkins and staged by Frank McClain, the orchestra’s production will star Cuban American soprano Elizabeth Caballero as Violetta. Caballero has been hailed as one of the leading sopranos on the scene today. Her recent performances of Violetta received raves including The Daily Page declaring, “With a lovely voice, she has a compelling sense of drama. As she puts the role through its paces, she creates a Violetta of passion and vulnerability, able to move from a conflicted sense of herself, through cruel sacrifices, to profound commitments. Even before her death scene, this Violetta is really heart-wrenching.
Tenor Brian Jagde, a force in his own right, will perform the role of Alfredo, while the imposing baritone Stephen Powell takes the role of Alfredo’s father, Giorgio. Other cast members include Samantha Barnes Daniel (“Flora”), Gabriel Preisser (“Baron Douphol”), Andrew Gray (“Marchese d’Obigny”), Thomas Potter (“Dottore Grenvil”) and María Laetitia (“Annina”).
“Verdi’s score contains some of the most beautiful music ever written. Its soaring tunes reveal every nuance of the passion Violetta and Alfredo feel for one another,” said Christopher Wilkins. “The famous falling melody that recurs many times throughout the opera represents Violetta herself, both her loving nature and her despair at the thought of losing all that she loves. I know this is going to be an opera that everyone will enjoy.”
The Philharmonic’s production will be fully staged with sets and costumes and the orchestra positioned on stage as part of the production. The opera will be sung in Italian, with English translations projected above the stage.
Now in its 21st season, the Orlando Philharmonic is Central Florida’s resident professional orchestra, comprised of talented musicians recruited from around the world. The Philharmonic inspires audiences with over 125 musical experiences annually, ranging from classical and chamber music concerts to pops performances, staged opera productions, outdoor concerts and education programs for all ages. The orchestra has produced opera since the Orlando Opera closed its doors in 2009. Committed to building a sustainable future for classical music, the Philharmonic currently has a budget of $3.6 million, holds an endowment of $4 million, and has maintained a balanced budget every year of its existence. Learn more at www.OrlandoPhil.org | @OrlandoPhilOrch | www.facebook.com/OrlandoPhilOrch