The Bronx Opera Opens Verdi's LA TRAVIATA in English This Weekend
The Bronx Opera is one of the only companies still presenting such classic works as La traviata, Verdi's enduring masterpiece about the last days of one of the most famous courtesans, in English.
TDF recently spotlighted the company's mission to present the finest operatic works in English in its STAGES magazine. Michael Spierman, BxO's founding artistic director sums up the need in one quote: "A woman came up to me after La Boheme a few years ago," he recalls. "She said, 'I've been crying through this opera for the last 30 years but now I finally know what I'm crying about."
BxO is the oldest independent opera company in New York City.
La traviata is the tragic love story of Violetta, a selfless, terminally ill woman forced into a questionable occupation, and her true love, Alfredo. Violetta must leave her love at the behest of his upper-class father and family. Will Violetta die alone and in poverty? Will Alfredo ever know the truth? As timely today as when it was written, class-war and the demands of the privileged resonate as much (if not more) as they did in the mid-19th Century. Violetta's illness and her fight to live echos the issues of the current healthcare system.
In THE BRONX:
Friday & Saturday, May 9 & 10 @ 7:30 pm
Lovinger Theatre @ Lehman College
Tkts: $15 - $30 - http://bxotraviata.brownpapertickets.com/
In HEMPSTEAD, LONG ISLAND:
Saturday, May 17 @ 7:30 pm and Sunday, May 18 @ 5 pm
Adams Playhouse @ Hofstra University
Tickets: $30 Call (516) 463-6644