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La traviata


2009 Sarasota Opera Production

October 30, November 1m, 3, 5, 8, 11m


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Melodramma In Three Acts, Sung In Italian
Libretto By Francesco Maria Piave
Based On The Play La Dame aux camélias By Alexandre Dumas, fils


Victor DeRenzi

Stage Director

Martha Collins

Scenic Designer

David Gano

Costume Coordinator

Howard Tsvi Kaplan

Lighting Designer

Ken Yunker

Wigs And Make-Up Designer

Georgianna Eberhard

Chorus Master

Roger L. Bingaman

Assistant Conductors

Kristen Kemp, Gary Casity

Surtitle Supplier

Words For Music

Surtitle Translator

Victor DeRenzi





Violetta Valery

Lina Tetriani

Flora Bervoix

Alissa Anderson*


Joanna Nelson Gates*

Alfredo Germont

Edgar Ernesto Ramírez

Giorgio Germont, his father

Marco Nisticò

Gastone, Viscount of Letorières

Alex Richardson*

Baron Douphol

Evan Brummel*

Marquis d’Obigny

Jonathan Moots*

Doctor Grenvil

Benjamin Gelfand*

Giuseppe, Violetta’s servant

Brandon Snook**

A Messenger

Christopher Filipowicz**

Flora’s Servant

Samus Haddad**


* Studio Artist

**Apprentice Artist


Sarasota Orchestra
Chorus: Sarasota Opera Apprentice & Studio Artists






"This was probably the most complete version of this great romantic tragedy you will ever hear." 


"this was a resplendent “Traviata,” filled with beautiful singing and exceptional orchestral playing. "


"The music is glorious, the orchestra first-rate, and the singers excellent."

- June LeBell, YourObserver


"None of this transformation would have been possible had it not been for incisive conducting of our Verdi expert, Victor DeRenzi, superb playing by the Sarasota Orchestra, and the fine singing provided by Studio Artists and Apprentices in minor roles and as the chorus, well guided by Stage Director Martha Collins. "

- Richard Storm, Herald-Tribune


"Sarasota Opera, under artistic director Victor De Renzi, is a Verdi house — the company is more than halfway through its epic commitment to stage all of the composer's operas — and it brings tremendous expertise to La Traviata, which opened Friday night. There were marvelously lusty choruses and excellent principal singers, especially baritone Marco Nistico as Alfredo's father, Germont. De Renzi conducted the Sarasota Orchestra, filling the pit with almost 60 players, and Martha Collins directed the handsome, traditional production."

- John Fleming, Tampa Bay


(Photos: Rod Millington / Sarasota Opera)


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