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Features & Reviews

Virginia Gazette: Virginia Opera Season Ends on a High Note

By John Shulson

Verdi’s “La Traviata” ranks among the top 10 most done and seen operas in the repertoire. Based on “The Lady of the Camellias” by Alexandre Dumas, “Traviata" is the typical tale of the power and pain of love. Violetta is the high society courtesan who enjoys attention but fears giving up freedom, ultimately having it both ways, but not without emotional and physical turmoil and, of course, a last minute surge of hope before death.

Richmond Times-Dispatch: Opera review: 'La Traviata' opens with a stunner

By Roy Proctor | Special correspondent

Virginia Opera’s new take on the world’s most-often produced opera is vocally and instrumentally sumptuous, to be sure, but Verdi’s “La Traviata” at the Carpenter Theatre opens with a visual stunner that will take your breath away.

Style Weekly: Pretty Woman

By Rich Griset

Preview: Virginia Opera’s “La Traviata” explores a timeless story of forbidden love.

The Washington Post: A winning team for Virginia Opera’s ‘La Traviata’ at George Mason

By Joan Reinthaler

The Virginia Opera has a fine “La Traviata” on its hands. Verdi’s sad but sumptuous opera opened Saturday for two performances at George Mason University’s Center for the Arts. And while soprano Cecilia Violetta Lopez’s Violetta may have carried the show brilliantly, she had a lot of help — in a cast of fresh-sounding young voices, an excellent orchestra (members of the Richmond Symphony) led by Andrew Bisantz with a compelling mix of momentum and flexibility, and in sets that gave an impression of both lightness and elegance.