· Diana Damrau sings Violetta, opposite Juan Diego Flórez as Alfredo and Quinn Kelsey as Germont
· Michael Mayer’s new production will be seen around the world as a part of the Met’s Live in HD series
New York, NY—The Metropolitan Opera’s new production of La Traviata, opening December 4, will be the first opera conducted by Yannick Nézet-Séguin as the Met’s Jeanette Lerman-Neubauer Music Director. Soprano Diana Damrau, who made her acclaimed role debut as Violetta at the Met during the 2012–2013 season (with Maestro Nézet-Séguin on the podium), returns as the tragic heroine. Tenor Juan Diego Flórez, performing at the Met for the first time since 2015, will make his role debut as Alfredo, Violetta’s hapless lover, with baritone Quinn Kelsey as Alfredo’s disapproving father, Giorgio Germont. Michael Mayer’s new staging will be transmitted live throughout the world on December 15 as part of the Met’s Live in HD series.
In this new production, the changing seasons mirror the arc of the story as a dazzling mid–19th-century setting is transformed from winter through fall. Set design is by Christine Jones, winner of the 2018 Tony Award for Scenic Design for Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. Costume designs are by Susan Hilferty, lighting by Kevin Adams, and choreography by Lorin Latarro, making her Met debut.
When the production returns in the spring for a further seven performances beginning April 5, 2019, Nicola Luisotti will conduct Anita Hartig as Violetta and Stephen Costello as Alfredo. The role of the elder Germont will be shared by Artur Ruciński and Plácido Domingo, in a role he debuted to acclaim at the Met in 2013.
La Traviata Worldwide Broadcasts in Cinema, Radio, and Online
The performance of La Traviata on Saturday, December 15 will be transmitted live to more than 2,200 movie theaters in more than 70 countries as part of the Met’s Live in HD series. The transmission will be hosted by mezzo-soprano Anita Rachvelishvili, who will be seen at the Met later this season in new productions of Cilea’s Adriana Lecouvreur and Saint-Saëns’s Samson et Dalila.
The December 4, December 15, December 26, and April 17 performances of La Traviata will be broadcast live on Metropolitan Opera Radio on SIRIUS XM Channel 75, and the December 4, December 26, and April 17 performances will also be streamed live on the Met’s web site, metopera.org.