The Glenn Korff School of Music’s opera tour of Nebraska continues with a 7:30 p.m. March 22 performance of Verdi’s “La Traviata” at Lincoln North Star High School. The performance is free and open to the public.
The opera tour, made possible by The James C. and Rhonda Seacrest Tour Nebraska Opera Fund, started in Ord on March 5 and concludes in Scottsbluff on March 25.
“La Traviata” is a beloved theatrical work, combining a romantic story with memorable music. Verdi’s vibrant masterpiece contrasts spectacular party scenes with tender, intimate moments.
It tells the story of the tragic love between the courtesan Violetta and the romantic Alfredo Germont. Played out against the hypocrisy of upper-class fashionable society, Alfredo and Violetta’s love threatens to shame his family. When his father directly appeals to Violetta to relinquish her one chance of happiness, Violetta submits in an act of heart wrenching self-sacrifice, making her one of opera’s most glorious heroines, a woman of boundless humanity and emotional depth.
UNL Opera’s touring production of “La Traviata” features an evocative projection design created by the university’s Emerging Media Arts faculty. Staged by Suna Gunther, assistant professor of music, the performance is presented with costumes and singing by UNL Opera voice students, accompanied by a chamber ensemble. The opera is sung in its original Italian, with English supertitles.
The Scottsbluff performance is 7 p.m. March 25 at the Midwest Theater. Ticket information is available online.