OPERA THEATER OF CONNECTICUT celebrates its 37th season with a production of La Traviata
Verdi’s timeless story of the beautiful courtesan who falls in love with a handsome, adoring poet, leading to their individual heart-breaking conclusions, at the Andrews Memorial Theater, 54 East Main St, Clinton.
La Traviata is one of the great favorites of opera, blending the elements that create electricity on the opera stage – love and sacrifice, power and manipulation, obligation, and tragedy. Based on the play La Dame aux camélias (sometimes called in English Camille) by Alexandre Dumas fils, Violetta, a Parisienne courtesan, falls in love with Alfredo, a young poet. Germont, Alfredo’s father, seeks to end the mad and impetuous affair before his family’s honor is ruined. At his urging, Violetta, dying of tuberculosis, renounces Alfredo who shames her in public. Later, the repentant Alfredo joins her at her deathbed, declaring his undying love.
Performances are on Thursday August 11, at 7:30pm and Saturday, August 13 and Sunday, August 14, 2022, both at 3 pm. The production will be fully staged with colorful and glorious costumes, sung in Italian with English supertitles for enhanced audience appreciation, and accompanied by orchestra. Our cast includes the blend of emerging singers with seasoned professionals for which we are well-known.
Under the leadership of General Director Kate Ford, Opera Theater of Connecticut’s artistic team of Production Director Alan Mann and Music Director Kyle Swann will work with one of the finest ensembles brought together in the state for this special presentation.
Sarah Callinan returns to Opera Theater of Connecticut to sing the role of the beautiful courtesan, Violetta Valéry, Spencer Hamlin sings her passionate and impetuous lover, Alfredo Germont, and his father, Giorgio Germont, whose love and concern for his entire family sets the tragedy in action, will be Adelmo Guidarelli, all accompanied by Opera Theater of Connecticut’s wonderful orchestra and chorus.
The performances begin on Thursday, August 11, 2022 at 7:30 pm. Since we have received so many requests for earlier weekend performances, we have scheduled two matinees: on Saturday, August 13 and Sunday, August 14, 2022, both at 3 pm. These are sure to prove popular with audience members and groups.
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Opera Theater also features Opera Talk, an informal, informative talk about the evening’s opera and composer, by Artistic Director Alan Mann an hour and a half before each performance. Opera Talk tickets are $5.00.
This opera is also supported by The Town of Clinton ARPA Funds, The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven, the NEA, The Connecticut Office of the Arts, and the Small Business Association.
Please understand that all performances may need to be “COVID compliant” to the guidance then provided and that audience members will be required to wear masks while in the building.