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Arts and Culture Manitoba Opera presents La Traviata By Darlene Ronald


Angel Blue as Violetta. M


anitoba Opera premieres a new production of the much-loved opera, La Traviata, this spring.


One of the best-loved, most frequently


performed, recorded, and filmed of all operas, La Traviata, will be presented by Manitoba Opera at the Centennial Concert Hall April 14, 17 and 20. Te company will be premiering a new production set in a 1920s Parisian cabaret. In this version, a wealthy young gentleman and a celebrated music hall artist, inspired by the legendary performer of that era, Josephine Baker, find true love, only to be separated by family, society, and fi- nally, death.


16 • Winter 2018


Renowned Canadian director Alain Gauthier explains the inspiration for the setting: “Te music hall scene in the 1920s was at its apogee in Paris and stars like Baker were admired and marginalized, just like Violetta in La Traviata. La Traviata, apart from being the unfortunate story of a sick courtesan, is also the tale of a rejected wom- an; rejected for her choices, but also for who she deeply is. In that sense, making Violetta a music hall artist could powerfully enhance the dramatic impulses of this opera.” Tis tragic love story that has melted hearts for over 150


years was originally set in and around Paris about 1700. It is based on the real-life French courtesan, Marie Duples- sis, whose lover, Alexandre Dumas (the younger), wrote


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Photo by Sonya Garza.


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