2009 Sarasota Opera Production
October 30, November 1m, 3, 5, 8, 11m
Melodramma In Three Acts, Sung In Italian
Libretto By Francesco Maria Piave
Based On The Play La Dame aux camélias By Alexandre Dumas, fils
Howard Tsvi Kaplan
Wigs And Make-Up Designer
Roger L. Bingaman
Kristen Kemp, Gary Casity
Words For Music
Joanna Nelson Gates*
Edgar Ernesto Ramírez
Giorgio Germont, his father
Gastone, Viscount of Letorières
Giuseppe, Violetta’s servant
* Studio Artist
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)