Thursday, August 9, 2012

Asheville Lyric Opera presents La Traviata with Metropolitan Opera Soprano

The Asheville Lyric opens its 14th season with one of the most beloved operas of all time, La Traviata.  No art form can surpass opera’s ability to present the passion and drama found in universal stories; and La Traviata is a superb example of this. Giuseppi Verdi’s tale of desire, love, and redemption comes to the Diana Wortham Theatre stage this fall.  No opera expresses the transformative power of love more than La Traviata.  We experience how Violetta, a courtesan living in Paris, transcends the haze of riches and excess by sacrificing herself for the one she loves. She teaches us that love can evolve the soul beyond societal constraints. This new production features Metropolitan Opera soprano Elizabeth Caballero as Violetta and the triumphant return of Director Jon Truitt, after last season's achingly beautiful rendition of Madame Butterfly.   

Performances are on October 5th and 6th at 8:00pm, in the Diana Wortham Theatre in downtown Asheville.  All performances will be sung in Italian, with English supertitles.

Adult tickets range from $30-$53 with student tickets available from $17-$35.  Single tickets go on sale September 6.  Go to to purchase tickets online, or call the box office at 828-257-4530.  One hour before each public performance, audience members are invited to attend a pre-show talk given by the conductor and stage director in the lower lobby of Diana Wortham Theatre.  Additionally, a preview dress rehearsal evening (October 3 at 7pm) will be made available for student and senior citizen groups through the opera office.  Interested groups may contact the opera office for more information about eligibility for the preview dress rehearsal.  For more information about La Traviata, call 828-236-0670 or go to the Asheville Lyric Opera’s website,

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