5 Reasons to See La Traviata

MN Opera’s La Traviata opens May 4 at the Ordway! This romantic and heartbreaking tale of an enchanting courtesan who trades in her glamorous life for true love comes complete with a stellar cast of singers, gorgeous costumes, and intricate sets. But if that’s not enough, here are 5 more reasons to check out this incredible opera!


1) It’s the most-performed opera in the world.

This season alone there have been 164 productions of La Traviata performed in major opera houses around the world. This timeless tale of enduring love and heart-rending tragedy, coupled with Verdi’s lush, unforgettable music, has resonated with generations of opera fanatics and hopeless romantics alike since its premiere in 1853.



2) Paris, je t’aime!

You want to live fancy? Live in a big mansion? Party in France? Experience the glamour and decadence of the soirees and salons of 19th century Paris, where the champagne flowed like water and the music played all night long. Not to mention the gorgeous, swoon-worthy fashion! Mon dieu!



3) It’s an indelible piece of pop culture.

You’ve most likely heard the famous aria “Brindisi” (also known as “The Drinking Song”) in countless commercials, TV shows, and movies, but did you know it originally came from La Traviata? Also, the classic story has served as the inspiration for a number of modern adaptations like Moulin Rouge! and Pretty Woman.



4) It’s by Giuseppe Verdi – one of the greatest composers of all-time.

La Traviata is not only the most-performed opera in the world, Verdi, it’s composer, is the most-performed opera composer in the world. With such beloved masterpieces as Nabucco, Aida, and Rigoletto to his credit, that status is not likely to change any time soon.



5) And you can experience it all for just $25!

Tickets for MN Opera’s production of Verdi’s La Traviata this May start at only $25! You and your friends can experience it all – the grandeur, the glamour, the fashion, the joy and the heartbreak – and still have enough cash for champagne at intermission!


Don’t miss out when Verdi’s tragic romance, La Traviata, hits the Ordway stage for 8 performances, May 4-19. Get your tickets today at mnopera.org/la-traviata.

*May 4 and 12 performances are nearly sold out. Best seats and prices on May 1419. Check availability frequently as it changes often.

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*Photos courtesy of Richard Termine for The Glimmerglass Festival

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