Amore Opera concludes its third season with Verdi's masterpiece, La Traviata, conducted by Gregory Ortega, and staged by Amore Opera's Artistic Director, Nathan Hull. La Traviata, an opera in three acts, is the tragic love story of the famed French courtesan with a heart of gold, Violetta, and her arduous suitor, Alfredo Germont. Although they risk everything to be together, their pure and devoted love is thwarted by societal pressures and, ultimately, death. La Traviata is presented in repertoire from tonight, May 11th through the 27th.
Verdi's moving score is paired with a libretto by Francesco Maria Piave, after the play La Dame aux Camelias by Alexandre Dumas fils. Although not a commercial success when it was first premiered in Venice in 1853, La Traviata has gone on to become a staple in the standard repertoire, and one of the most produced works in opera houses around the globe (second only to The Magic Flute according to Operabase).
La Traviata is fully staged with full orchestra, and presented in its original Italian. Maestro Gregory Ortega returns to Amore after a brief stint guest conducting its 2010 production of Tosca. Mr. Ortega was actually in the audience the day that the original conductor fell ill and was, quite literally, plucked out of his seat by Mr. Hull to fill in. He led the orchestra with such aplomb that he was asked to return. He has conducted with most of the major small opera companies in New York City, Boston and Florida, including New Rochelle Opera, Treasure Coast Opera (Florida), and New York Concert Artists, in addition to having founded The Hunter College Opera Theater. Director Nathan Hull staged this season's critically acclaimed Figaro Fest (The Barber of Seville, The Marriage of Figaro and the American premiere of Mercadante's I due Figaro) and turns out another vibrant and stellar production. La Traviata is presented in repertoire from May 11th through the 27th.