Photo by The Pirates of Penzance, 2017. Photo by Cory Weaver.

La traviata

A night with a French courtesan doesn’t always have a happy ending.


September 26, 2020 | 7:30 PM
September 30, 2020 | 7:30 PM
October 2, 2020 | 7:30 PM
October 4, 2020 | 2:00 PM

At the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts

Tickets on sale July 13, 2020. Season tickets available now.


Approximate running time is 2 hours, 30 minutes with one intermission.

The Story

Amid scenery so sumptuous it’s practically spilling from the stage, we find its eye-candy equal, Violetta, a far-famed courtesan whose beauty is matched only by her intellect and her influence. Presiding over lavish parties attended by anyone who is anyone in Parisian high society, her celebrated skills in seduction and savoir faire attract admirers from the cream of the wealthy aristocratic crop. But from among the hedonistic heathenry emerges a hopeless romantic, Alfredo. Swayed by his professions of love, Violetta forsakes her profession, follows her heart, and abandons her life of luxury to be with the love of her life. From here, Verdi’s goosebump-inducing melodies serenade the star-crossed couple on their steady descent into scandal, betrayal, sacrifice, and tragedy.

Understand Every Word

 La traviata will be sung in Italian, with English subtitles.

Pre-Opera Talk

Arrive early to enjoy a FREE Pre-Opera Talk before each Lyric Opera performance at the Kauffman Center, sponsored by the Lyric Opera Guild.

Pre-opera talks start one hour before curtain and last about 30 minutes.


Photos of the show

  • La traviata. Photo by Karli Cadel for The Glimmerglass Festival
    La traviata. Photo by Karli Cadel for The Glimmerglass Festival

Principal Cast

Violetta Valery – Vanessa Vasquez *Vanessa Vasquez Headshot
In the 2019-2020 season, Colombian-American soprano Vanessa Vasquez performs as Liù in Turandot with Canadian Opera Company, sings her first performances of Donna Anna in Don Giovanni with Washington National Opera, and will be heard as Mimì in La bohème with Seattle Opera. Vasquez is a winner of the 2017 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions and an alumnus of Academy of Vocal Arts, where she has been heard as Mimì in La bohème, Gilda in Rigoletto, Donna Anna in Don Giovanni, and Violetta in La traviata.  Future engagements include returns to Canadian Opera Company and Santa Fe Opera, among others.

Alfredo Germont – Matthew White *
Matthew White recently made role debuts as Roméo in Roméo et Juiliette with Cincinnati Opera and Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly with the Princeton Festival, as well as Rinuccio in Gianni Schicchi with Opera Maine. His current season includes more debuts, including the Duke in Rigoletto with Edmonton Opera, and Rodolfo in La bohème with Opera Naples. He also returns to Tulsa Opera as Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly and debuts at The Dallas Opera in Pulcinella. His other roles include Edgardo in Lucia di Lammermoor, and the title role in Werther, performed during his studies at Academy of Vocal Arts.

Giorgio Germont – Weston HurtWeston Hurt Headshot
Baritone Weston Hurt began his 2019-2020 season as Eisenstein in Die Fledermaus with Amarillo Opera; he also reprises Germont in La traviata with Madison Opera. In the spring of 2020, he joins Fort Worth Opera for Die Fledermaus as Falke. Notable recent performances include Germont in La traviata with Opera San Antonio and Portland Opera, which he also covered at Lyric Opera of Chicago; the title role in Rigoletto with New Orleans Opera; Sharpless in Madama Butterfly with Seattle Opera; Scarpia in Tosca with Nashville Opera; and the title role in Nabucco with Seattle Opera.

* Lyric Opera Debut
+ LOKC Resident Artist
~ LOKC Apprentice Artist
@ Former LOKC Resident Artist

Creative Team

Conductor Timothy Myers *
Director Francesca Zambello
Associate Director Joshua Horowitz *
Set Designer Peter J. Davison
Costume Designer Jess Goldstein
Lighting Designer Mark McCullough
Chorus Master Piotr Wisniewski

* Lyric Opera Debut

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