La Traviata

  • La Traviata

    Music by Giuseppe Verdi with Book by Francesco Maria Piave
    Excerpts from Camille by Pam Gems
    Conducted by William Lumpkin
    Stage Direction by Nathan Troup and Judy Braha

    Presented by Boston University College of Fine Arts
    School of Music Opera Institute and School of Theatre
    10/26/2012

A unique presentation featuring extensive portions of Verdi’s opera La Traviata (all scenes except Act II, Scene 1) combined with excerpts from Gems’ play Camille, two works inspired by Alexandre Dumas’ novel The Lady of the Camellias. Featuring singers, actors, and instrumentalists from the BU College of Fine Arts School of Music, Opera Institute, School of Theatre, BU Chamber Orchestra, and BU Chamber Chorus. Sung in Italian with English supertitles, and performed with orchestra.

Approximate Running Time: 2 hours

Pre-Show Discussion

Beginning at 6:30pm, special guest Philip Gossett will discuss the two versions of La Traviata that Verdi composed between 1853 and 1854.

La Traviata is performed as part of the Spirit of Verdi, CFA’s year-long salute to Guiseppe Verdi, marking the bicentennial birth of the great composer with programming, guest artists, and outreach that celebrate Verdi’s musical contributions as well as his socially-conscious endeavors. From renowned guest visits from Philip Gosset, Jane Klaviter, Francisco Araize, Donald Palumbo, to music from Bel Canto, this interdisciplinary collaboration reaches out into the community to commemorate this true “Citizen Artist.” Portions of proceeds from events will benefit area organizations including the Greater Boston Food Bank. For complete details, please visit www.bu.edu/cfa/verdi.

Part of the 16th annual Fall Fringe Festival: The Ladies of the Camellias