La Traviata

Inspired by Alexandre Dumas’ play La Dame aux Camélias, La Traviata shows us the tragic struggle of a Parisian courtesan, Violetta, who is torn between her desire for true love and retaining her fashionable way of life. Despite Giuseppe Verdi proclaiming the premiere a fiasco, the opera has become one of the most produced works in the opera canon.

Friday, March 16, 2018 at 8 PM & Sunday, March 18, 2018 at 3 PM
Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts | 801 Chase Street, Annapolis, MD

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  • Patricia Hengen

  • Jeffrey Grayson Gates
    Barone Douphol

  • Jarrod Lee
    Marchese d’Obigny

  • Joseph Baker
    Dottore Grenvil

  • Director:
    Braxton Peters

    Ronald J. Gretz

    Stage Manager:
    Joe Gladstone
    Set Designer:
    April Joy Vester
    Costume Designer:
    Lorraine vom Saal

    Wigs & Make-Up:
    Becky Scott

Stories Behind La Traviata

Saturday, March 3, 2018 at 3 PM
Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts, Room 308
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La Traviata is perhaps the most popular of all of Giuseppe Verdi’s works and certainly ranks high among the greatest operas ever written. Where does its story, which so inspired both Verdi and his librettist Francesco Piave, come from? Who are Alfredo and Violetta, his beloved Lady of the Camellias? What prompted Verdi to turn from the larger context of biblical and historical subjects to the domestic drama of love and death, which Verdi called “a subject for our own age?” Does it remain such? – questions that we might well wonder about together. 

Tom May has been a tutor for the past 38 years at St. John’s College, Annapolis Camps, where he has taught in all parts of its 4-year liberal arts program and has twice been associate dean of its Graduate Institute MALA program.

La Traviata: Tuberculosis in the Arts

Sunday, March 11, 2018 at 3 PM
Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts, Room 308
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Former Secretary of the Maryland Department of Health, Dr. Martin Wasserman, discusses the tragic tale of Violetta, a beautiful but sickly courtesan who suffers from “consumption” in Giuseppe Verdi’s La Traviata. Dr. Wasserman will discuss the nineteenth century medical understanding of tuberculosis (consumption), and how the disease served as a vehicle for ill-fated love in La Traviata, La Boheme, and other nineteenth-century operas. In his humorous, engaging, and unpredictable style, Dr. Wasserman also explores the impact of consumption on the wider world of theater, literature, painting, and film.

Dr. Wasserman, a graduate of Johns Hopkins Medical School, is a pediatrician and an attorney.  He lives in Ellicott City, Maryland.  He is a regular speaker for Opera Docs, a group of opera-loving physicians who give talks on medical issues in opera.

La Traviata: Musical, Dramatic, Cultural and Vocal Challenges

Friday, March 16, 2018 at 6:45 PM & Sunday, March 18, 2018 at 1:45 PM
Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts, Room 308
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In her informal 45 minute pre-curtain talks, Nancie Kennedy, a member of the AO Advisory Board, will focus on the musical, dramatic and vocal challenges of La Traviata as well as the social, cultural and historical context of this 19thC masterpiece.  Why did Verdi compose it?  What stylistic & technical changes are unique to this work?  What vocal skills are required and how do singers prepare these roles?  Why was this world-famous opera a fiasco at its premiere?  Why is this story still so relevant in today’s world?

Now retired from a 35 year performing and teaching career, soprano Nancie Kennedy taught studio voice & Elderhostel classes at Eastman Community Music School in Rochester, NY,  Anne Arundel Community College and Peabody Preparatory in both Baltimore and Annapolis.  Her performing and recording credits include the Baltimore Symphony, Rochester Philharmonic, Strathmore Hall, Smithsonian, London Symphony Orchestra and National Public Radio among many others.