Nickel City Opera stages “La Traviata” by Giuseppe Verdi at Villa Maria College
Friday 24th May, 2019 → Sunday 26th May, 2019

Villa Maria College
240 Pine Ridge Rd Buffalo, NY 14225
Time: 8:00pm & 2:30pm
Cost: $42
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Friday, May 24th
Sunday, May 26th

Nickel City Opera is thrilled to be staging a full scale production of Verdi’s ‘La Traviata’ with orchestra, costumes, sets and stellar cast.  La Traviata, opera in three acts by Giuseppe Verdi and an Italian libretto by Francesco Maria Piave, is based on a play adapted from a novel by Alexandre Dumas. Italian for ‘The Fallen Woman’ or ‘The Woman Who Goes Astray’ is the story of Violetta Valery, a glamorous Parisian courtesan who falls for Mr. Right but can’t decide whether she really wants to settle down. They set up house together in the country, but she is secretly selling her jewels to meet expenses. Violetta eventually sacrifices her own feelings and accepts an invitation from an old friend which takes her back to her old life. Mr. Right confronts her new suitor as he learns about the sacrifices she has made and the fact she is dying. La Traviata brings together the best singers from the opera world in addition to WNY’s stellar talent. Directed by Ben Spierman of Bronx Opera and featuring Berlin conductor Matthias Manasi.

Stephanie Lessard as Violetta (St. Petersburg Opera Florida/Pacific Opera Victoria)
Jeremy Blossey as Alfredo (Opera de Quebec, Hawaii Opera Theatre)
Grant Youngblood as Germont (Metropolitan Opera/BPO/Opera North)
Jessica Best as Flora (Savannah Opera/Opera Tampa)
Boris Van Druff as Gastone (Merola Opera/WNY Chamber Orchestra)
Nicholas Kilkenny as D’Obigny (Eastman Opera Theatre/Geneva Light Opera)
Valerian Ruminski as Dr. Grenvil (Metropolitan Opera/Pacific Opera Victoria/Calgary Opera)
Karen D'Angelo as Annina (BPO/Opera Sacra/Rochester Lyric Opera)
Suzanne Fatta as The Commissioner (BPO/Opera Sacra)

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