Verdi’s La Traviata

A New WGO Production

Verdi’s La Traviata

At A Glance

Century II Concert Hall

Saturday, April 7, 2018 8:00 PM

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Ticket Pricing

Best Seating: $85

Better Seating: $58

Good Seating: $37

Student, Senior, Group, and Corporate discounts are available


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Best Seating: $154

Better Seating: $104

Good Seating: $66

Event Info

Verdi's La Traviata is one of the most popular and most often performed of all the Grand Operas, which is partially why Parvan Bakardiev, WGO Artistic Director chose this magnificent saga to bring to life in his new production coming up on April 7, 2018 at 7pm in the Century II Concert Hall. According to Mr. Bakardiev, "La Traviata is full of the most gorgeous music, and heartfelt melodies, but there is a fanciful story behind what we see on the stage today; a story, sometimes forgot."

          A poignant and heartfelt tale of love and loss, La Traviata, as we know it now thanks to Verdi's masterful score, originated from the novel La Dame aux Camelias, written in 1848 by Alexandre Dumas, the son of the author of The Three Musketeers. Dumas, after realizing the popularity and potential of his story, wrote a version for live theatre, with the same title. Following the instant success of La Dame aux Camelias at the Theatre du Vaudville in Paris, Verdi immediately began getting the story to music and the rest was operatic history. Even now, La Dame aux Camelias, or Camille as it is known in the English speaking world is still seen on stage, with 16 version having been performed in Broadway theatre.

          But it is Hollywood's adaptation of La Traviata, best known as the blockbuster hit Pretty Woman starring Julia Roberts and Richard Gere, that has had this beautiful story to everyday knowledge. Verdi's masterful score can even be seen in the blockbuster, as Roberts' and Gere's characters attend the opera.


La Traviata tells of a promising young man as he falls for a woman with a shady past, and his family is outraged. She reluctantly agrees to sacrifice her happiness to save his reputation and pushes the young man away. Once he realizes what happened, he returns to her side with only enough time to say a heartbreaking farewell.

          Violetta, the young woman at the heart of the story, is a magnificently complex character, and requires a leading lady who is both a superb singer and a brilliant actress. We’re very excited to welcome the WGO debut of Larisa Martinez, one of the brightest young stars of the Opera world today, in such a challenging role. Ms. Martinez has starred with such luminaries as Placido Domingo and famed violinist Joshua Bell.

          She just concluded a tour with Andrea Bocelli and Maestro Eugene Kohn, with performances in Detroit, Chicago, Philadelphia, Washington D.C., and two performances at New York’s Madison Square Garden. As a native Puerto Rican, she joined forces with many other stars of the Metropolitan Opera to raise funds for hurricane relief efforts. Martinez started her career as a young artist for the Turn Around Arts, a philanthropic organization led by the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities, during which she joined a artistic delegation that ventured to Cuba in hopes to expand cultural collaboration and bonds of friendship between the two countries.


          Roguishly handsome American tenor Cody Austin is quickly becoming one of the most promising singing actors of his age. With professional engagements include Rodrigo in Otello and Edmondo in Manon Lescaut at the Opera Company of Philadelphia; the Duke in Rigoletto for Opera Santa Barbara; Alfredo in La Traviata and Roméo in Roméo et Juliette for Virginia Opera; Alfredo for Utah Opera, Lensky in Eugene Onegin for Des Moines Metro Opera, Faust in Mefistofele with Knoxville Opera, Alfredo in La Traviata for Opera Tampa, and made his debut as Pinkerton with the Northern Lights Festival. His roguish good looks and silky tenor voice have garnered him numerous accolades, including Cody Austin, as Alfredo, bends his effortlessly fluid tenor into a powerful romantic chemistry with Violetta in his Virginia operatic debut."  - The Richmond Times.

          Introducing the opera world to the duo of Larisa Martinez and Cody Austin will be another major coop for the Wichita Grand Opera, much like the introduction of Yunnie Park to the opera scene with rave performances in Turandot, Rigoletto, and Madama Butterfly; giving Opera legend Samuel Ramey his professional debut in his home state with Tosca in 2006; and bringing Chris Mann home for Christmas for the first time since his raise to fame following The Voice and 700+ performances of The Phantom of the Opera.


Following the tremendous success of Rigoletto in 2016, stage director Robert Stivanello returns to WGO to direct this magical opera. Stivanello brings with him some of the most visually stunning sets for La Traviata. His “soft good” drop sets, a technique relatively unheard of in the United States today, are direct from Milan, Italy, and the famed Sormani Studios, designed by Ercole Sormani himself.

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