Hubbard Hall: La Traviata

Thursday, February 7, 2013 to Sunday, February 17, 2013

La Traviata MAX Live!
Music by Guiseppe Verdi, libretto by Francesco Piave
Fully costumed and staged, sung in Italian with supertitles, a 22 piece orchestra performing LIVE with stunning projections on our GIANT screen!

Verdi’s poignantly tragic La Traviata chronicles the ill-fated romance of Violetta Valéry and Alfredo Germont. Forced to decide between a tenuous independence and her true love, Violetta aims for the fairy tales. However, Alfredo’s father, Giorgio, brings a dose of sobering reality to the party which puts the faith of both lovers to the ultimate test.

A new Hubbard Hall Opera Theatre production by Heidi Lauren Duke
Conducted by Maria Sensi Sellner

Director/Choreographer: Heidi Lauren Duke
Ms. Duke has staged work in seven states and five countries, working with singers from all over the world. Ms. Duke is thrilled to be returning to Hubbard Hall, where she staged Don Pasquale in 2011. Most recently Ms. Duke received rave reviews for her new productions of Falstaff and Kiss Me Kate, the former at Boston Opera Collaborative and the latter at Seagle Music Colony in upstate New York. In 2010, she premiered her new opera-theatre piece, Lorca en Nueva York, for a full house in Barcelona, Spain, and revived her critically acclaimed production of Hansel & Gretel in Times Square, NYC. Heidi Lauren served four seasons as Artistic Associate at Les Azuriales Opera Festival, in Cap-Ferrat, France, where she helped develop the Ozone Program for Young Artists. Upcoming engagements include Opera Memphis, Center for Contemporary Opera, and Opera Theatre of Avignon, France. Ms. Duke is a member of the Lincoln Center Directors Lab, and is proud to serve as a Project Leader at Sing for Hope.

Conductor: Maria Sensi Sellner
Maria Sensi Sellner is recognized for her versatility as a conductor of opera, orchestras, and choruses. Praised for leading with “FLEXIBLE ASSURANCE” (The Cleveland Plain Dealer), Ms. Sellner’s performances have been described as “STERLING” (The Boston Globe), “ADEPT” (Daily Gazette, Schenectady, NY), and “FIRST CLASS ALL THE WAY” (Berkshire on Stage). Ms. Sellner is the winner of the 2012 American Prize in Opera Conducting for her work on Suor Angelica with the Carnegie Mellon School of Music. This season she conducts Poulenc’s Gloria with the Akron Symphony Orchestra and Chorus, two productions of Verdi’s La Traviata, and will return to Hubbard Hall in August for Il Barbiere Di Siviglia. She is the Director of the Akron Symphony Chorus, Assistant Conductor of the Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh (chorus of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra), and was Music Director of the All University Orchestras at Carnegie Mellon University for ten years.

Violetta ValéryRachele SchmiegeGiorgio GermontRobert Aaron Taylor
Alfredo GermontChristopher LucierGastoneOmar Najmi
BaroneNicholas WigginsDr. GrenvilJonathan Stuckey
Flora BervoixKara CornellMarcheseJulian Whitley
AnninaAmy ShakeGuiseppeSanghyun Im
               Running Time
135 min