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Verdi's La Traviata

Soprano Natalie Dessay and tenor Matthew Polenzani play the lead roles in Verdi's opera La Traviata. Fabio Luisi conducts the New York Metropolitan Orchestra and Chorus.

Tonight's Live From the Met is Verdi's La Traviata. Consumptive courtesan Violetta Valery vows to give up her party life and settle down when she falls in love with Alfredo. But their countryside idyll is disrupted by Alfredo's father who asks Violetta to leave him for the sake of his family's reputation. Natalie Dessay makes her Met role debut as the doomed courtesan who sacrifices her own happiness, and Matthew Polenzani her lover.

Presented by Margaret Juntwait with guest commentator Ira Siff

Violetta.....Natalie Dessay (Soprano)
Alfredo.....Matthew Polenzani (Tenor)
Giorgio Germont.....Dmitri Hvorostovsky (Baritone)
Flora Bervoix.....Patricia Risley (Soprano)
Annina.....Maria Zifchak (Soprano)
Gastone.....Scott Scully (Tenor)
Barone Douphol.....Jason Stearns (Tenor)
Marchese D'obigny.....Kyle Pfortmiller (Bass)
Dottore Grenvil.....Luigi Roni (Baritone)
Giuseppe.....Juhwan Lee (Tenor)
A Gentleman.....Peter Volpe (Bass)
Messenger.....Joseph Turi (Bass)

New York Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
New York Metropolitan Opera Chorus
Conductor.....Fabio Luisi.

3 hours, 30 minutes