To Live and Die for Love
Verdi’s sumptuous melodies and timeless depiction of tragic love have made La Traviata an undeniable favorite for generations. Violetta, a glamorous courtesan, gives up everything for her devoted lover Alfredo—idyllic affair shattered by the stern demands of Alfredo’s father. From the frenzy of Violetta’s pleasure-filled life, to her heart-wrenching decision to leave her beloved—Verdi’s treasured opera is a captivating tribute to what it means to live and die for love.
Francesco Maria Piave
Sung in Italian with English translations projected above the stage.
• The title, pronounced “Lah Trah-vee-ah-tuh,” means “The Fallen Woman” when translated into English
• Nicole Cabell (Mimì in La Bohème, 2017) returns to MN Opera as the female lead, Violetta
• Recent adaptations of La Traviata include Pretty Woman and Moulin Rouge