Hal & Jeanette Segerstrom Family Foundation Virtual Classical Series
VERDI: La Traviata
Violetta: Cecilia Violetta Lopez
Alfredo Germont: John Riesen
Giorgio Germont: Jeffrey Mattsey
Stage Director: Robert Neu
Music Director: Carl St.Clair
Experience "La Traviata," Verdi's passionate story of a doomed love affair, reimagined for the virtual space. Stage Director Robert Neu has created a production that will be fresh and interesting to even the most experienced opera-goer!
Tickets are just $25 for 28-day household access.
How to Watch "La Traviata"
“La Traviata” ticket holders will be emailed a viewing link the day before the concert. This link may not be shared. If you purchase a ticket on June 5, your viewing link will be sent two hours before the performance begins. The video will be available for viewing through July 4.
If you have trouble accessing the link, please call the box office at (714) 755-5799 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Livestream FAQs to enhance your virtual concert experience.
The Traviata Project - An Online Learning Experience
Join us for three one-hour, online sessions (May 19, May 26 and June 2 @ 5 p.m.) leading up to the June 5 broadcast of Verdi's "La Traviata". Hosted by Assistant Conductor Jacob Sustaita, this online course features exclusive conversations with Music Director Carl St.Clair, Stage Director Robert Neu and members of the cast. Just $35 per household.
Behind the Scenes
Learn more about the making of this production of "La Traviata" with Music Director Carl St.Clair and Stage Director Robert Neu.
Cecilia Violetta López - Violetta
“Lopez is as compelling a Violetta as I’ve seen. As the consumptive courtesan who, for the purest of reasons, is compelled to relinquish her true love, only ultimately to die in his arms, Lopez managed to infuse every gesture, even in her most consumptive paroxysms, with suggestive sexuality. Her voice, big and rich over its entire range, is remarkably agile for its size and as focused when she sings quietly as it is when she just lets it go. Her “Sempre Libera” was as convincingly radiant and joyful as her “Addio del Passato” was sad and wistful.” —Joan Reinthaler, The Washington Post
John Riesen - Alfredo Germont
“John Riesen has opera’s Emotional Boy, Alfredo, firmly in hand. He is desperately in love and his heart is on his sleeve for the entire opera. Riesen and Valdes partner beautifully, and Riesen is note-perfect and powerful in his solos, an impressive tenor with dramatics to match. He gains power as the performance continues until his icy public confrontation with his lost love at her friend’s soirée.” —Naples Daily News
Jeffrey Mattsey - Giorgio Germont
“Jeff Mattsey proved a suave, even charming interpreter of the title role, musically secure and with playful intelligence. Nor did the singer shy away from Giovanni’s ugly side.” —The Salt Lake Tribune
“Baritone Jeff Mattsey provides vocal and visual swagger…Mattsey is the perfect foil: big and blustering, with a funny walk and a macho edge to his resonant baritone timbre. The Nemorino-Belcore duet in Act 2 is the evening’s best moment.” —Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Robert Neu - Stage Director
Robert Neu, known for his highly theatrical and musically sensitive work, has directed over one hundred productions of operas, musicals and plays throughout the country. Neu’s recent productions include "The Magic Flute" and "L’Enfant et les sortileges" for Pacific Symphony, among many others.