La traviata
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Sung in Italian with projected English translation


Appropriate for all ages

Running Time

2 hours and 43 minutes
2 intermissions


What would you sacrifice for love?


The courtesan Violetta Valéry has everything money can buy: beauty, fame, and wealth. But Violetta is dying, and she knows it. When she finally has a chance at true love, she jumps at it, only to give it up in a final act of selflessness. Find out for yourself why Verdi’s La traviata is the most frequently performed opera in the world.

*An alternate cast will perform on Sunday November 5 & Saturday November 11.

Read more in our Quick Start Guide.

A party is taking place at the house of Violetta Valéry, a famous and wealthy courtesan. She is ill and will die soon, but she is the only one who knows this. Gastone introduces his friend Alfredo Germont, telling Violetta that Alfredo is a secret admirer. As the others go to another room to dance, Alfredo tells Violetta he is in love with her, but Violetta offers him only friendship. However, after Alfredo has departed, Violetta can’t get him out of her mind.

Violetta’s desire for genuine love soon leads her to give up her extravagant lifestyle and move to the country with Alfredo. One day while Alfredo is gone, his father comes to visit Violetta. He asks her to give up Alfredo, explaining that their scandalous relationship is threatening his daughter’s chances for a good marriage. Violetta finally agrees to sacrifice her own happiness. She leaves Alfredo and returns to her old life without explaining the reason. Alfredo seeks revenge for her apparent betrayal.

Violetta’s illness has brought her to the point of death when Alfredo returns to beg forgiveness, having been told by his father about her selfless sacrifice. They dream of a happy future together, but it is too late.

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Albina Shagimuratova
Violetta Valéry
Violetta Valéry (Nov. 5m and 11)
Dimitri Pittas
Alfredo Germont
Yongzhao Yu
Alfredo Germont (Nov. 5m and 11)
George Petean
Giorgio Germont
Sol Jin **
Giorgio Germont (Nov. 5m and 11)
Gastone de Letorières
Baron Douphol
Ben Edquist
Marchese d’Obigny
Doctor Grenvil
Jon Janacek
Austin Hoeltzel
Flora’s Servant
Cristino Perez


Eun Sun Kim
Bradley Moore
Conductor (Nov. 5m and 11)
Arin Arbus
Riccardo Hernández
Set Designer
Cait O’Connor
Costume and Puppet Designer
Marcus Doshi
Lighting Designer
Christopher Ash
Projection Designer
Austin McCormick
Richard Bado
Chorus Master

* HGO debut
** HGO Studio Artist
*** Former HGO Studio Artist
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