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 for this virtual performance are just $25.
HOW TO WATCH
“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.
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Cecilia Violetta López
Celebrated soprano, Cecilia Violetta López, has been named one of opera’s “25 Rising Stars” by Opera News. The singing actress is praised for her “alluring voice and incredible range” (Washington Times). She has received accolades for her signature role of Violetta in "La traviata," which she has performed many times throughout North America. Her debut of the role was with Martina Arroyo Foundation’s prestigious summer festival, Prelude to Performance. From this performance, critic James Jorden exclaimed “she is a Violetta fully-formed and, I think, ready for the great stages of the world.” She has also performed the role with Opera Tampa, Opera Idaho, Northern Lights Music Festival, Ash Lawn Opera, and in her company debuts with Virginia Opera, Opera Colorado and Minnesota Opera. Ms. López also recently made her European debut as Norina in "Don Pasquale" with Zomeropera in Belgium, for which Klassiek Centraal exclaimed: “She turns out to be the revelation of the show and wins over the audience with her funny rendition, irresistible charm, and [she is] natural in the different vocals.”
Hailed as “impassioned...and vibrant” (Opera Today), award-winning American tenor John Riesen is consistently impressing audiences with his "fantastic, powerful voice" (Texarkana Gazette). Riesen’s growing career boasts a variety of roles in which he excels and includes significant work in Opera, Musical Theater, studio recording and concert.
John has released two studio recording albums, "What You'd Call a Dream" (2019) and "Christmas at Home" (2020) that have reached over 500,000 streams on Spotify and Apple Music. He has also collaborated with Emmy-nominated PBS TV pianist Marina Arsenijevic in both video performance (during covid-19) and in studio recordings.
Jeffrey Mattsey is renowned worldwide for the signature baritone roles that define his prominent career. A house favorite at The Metropolitan Opera for more than 20 years and over 100 performances, this season sees Mattsey not only returning for productions of "La traviata" and "Cosí fan tutte," but capitalizing on his charisma and theatrical abilities in a variety of other performances. Most recently, he performed the role of Mayor Shinn in "The Music Man: In Concert" with Pacific Symphony, Uncle John in "The Grapes of Wrath" with Michigan Opera Theatre, and Alfred Doolittle in "My Fair Lady: In Concert" with Utah Symphony. Additionally, he reprised the role of Germont in "La traviata" with Northern Lights Music Festival.
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.