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George Mason University’s Center for the Arts Presents Virginia Opera “La Traviata” Saturday, March 21, 2015 at 8 p.m. Sunday, March 22, 2015 at 2 p.m.

February 23, 2015
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George Mason University’s Center for the Arts


Virginia Opera

“La Traviata”

Saturday, March 21, 2015 at 8 p.m.

Sunday, March 22, 2015 at 2 p.m.


FAIRFAX, Va., Feb. 23, 2015 – Virginia Opera, the Official Opera Company of the Commonwealth of Virginia, concludes its landmark 40th anniversary season with “La Traviata,” Giuseppe Verdi’s classic tale of a desirable and fragile courtesan, which the company performed for the first time during its inaugural season in 1975. Created in partnership with Des Moines Metro Opera, this heartrending tragedy comes to George Mason University’s Center for the Arts in Fairfax on Saturday, March 21, 2015 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, March 22, 2015 at 2 p.m. A pre-performance discussion, presented by Virginia Opera’s Community Outreach Musical Director Glenn “Dr. Opera” Winters, is free for ticketholders and will be held 45 minutes prior to each performance on the Center’s Grand Tier III. Pre-performance discussions are sponsored by the Friends of the Center for the Arts.

Set in the decadent late 19th century in Paris, Violetta Valéry enjoys a luxurious lifestyle filled with glamorous soirées and wealthy gentlemen. She gives it all up for Alfredo, a man with whom she falls deeply in love, but when his father claims her reputation is ruining the family name, she selflessly attempts to end the relationship. Will true love win out in the end or will her failing health seal her fate? Originally titled “Violetta,” “La Traviata” (or “The Fallen Woman”) was based on “La dame aux Camélias,” a play adapted from the novel by Alexandre Dumas, fils. The opera first premiered in Venice on March 6, 1853 and has since become the world’s most popular opera and one of the most often performed.

Virginia Opera’s gorgeous staging of “La Traviata” is directed by longtime audience favorite Lillian Groag, who last directed Virginia Opera’s vibrant and stylish production of “The Marriage of Figaro” in 2013. Conductor Andrew Bisantz makes his Virginia Opera debut leading the Richmond Symphony Orchestra and Virginia Opera singers in this timeless and enduring masterpiece.

Praised by Opera News for her “sumptuous, flexible soprano that carries emotion easily without ever being overwhelmed by it,” the aptly-named soprano Cecilia Violetta López stars as the Parisian courtesan, while her paramour, Alfredo Germont, is played by Baltimore native and lyric tenor Rolando Sanz, who has been lauded for his “[vocal] color and heartfelt interpretations” by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Internationally acclaimed baritone Malcolm MacKenzie, who has appeared with the Metropolitan Opera and other leading opera houses across the globe, makes his Virginia Opera debut as Alfredo’s father, Giorgio Germont. In his Glimmerglass Opera portrayal of Germont, Opera Newsdescribed him as “a stentorian Germont, singing with a steely beauty that matched the character’s resolve.” The cast also features members of Virginia Opera’s Herndon Foundation Emerging Artist Program.

Virginia Opera President and CEO Russell P. Allen said, “With ‘La Traviata’we close one of the most artistically successful seasons that Virginia Opera has ever produced – and this production will astonish with an amazing cast in an exciting operatic experience.”


“La Traviata” will be performed in Italian with English supertitles. Images will be available online at in the coming weeks. Virginia Opera may also be found on the web at, on Twitter at @vaopera and on Facebook at


Tickets for VIRGINIA OPERA’S production of “LA TRAVIATA” are Saturday: $86, $72 and $44 and Sunday: $98, $80 and $48. Visit the ticket office (open Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.) or charge by phone at 888-945-2468 or visit The Center for the Arts complex is located on George Mason University’s Fairfax Campus at the intersection of Braddock Road and Route 123. Paid parking is located in the Mason Pond Parking Deck adjacent the Concert Hall and FREE parking is located in university Lot K. For more information, please visit Like us on Facebook at and follow us on Twitter and Instagram at @GMU_CFA.


About Great Performances at Mason

Great Performances at Mason is a program of George Mason University's Center for the Arts, the professional presentation and production arm of the College of Visual and Performing Arts (CVPA). CVPA provides an academic environment in which the arts are explored as individual disciplines and interdisciplinary forms that strengthen one another. The college prepares students for careers as creators, performers, teachers, scholars, arts leaders and arts entrepreneurs. Understanding that an education in the arts is deepened by regular contact with the work of distinguished visiting artists, the Center for the Arts, the professional presentation and production arm of the college, welcomes a variety of professional and world-renowned artists, musicians and actors to its stage. Students have the opportunity to perform, create and exhibit their work in a wide variety of public venues including a 2,000-seat Concert Hall. CVPA is home to the Schools of Music, Dance, Art and Theater, as well as the Computer Game Design, Arts Management and Film and Video Studies programs.


About George Mason University

George Mason University is Virginia’s largest public research university. Located near Washington, D.C., Mason enrolls more than 33,000 students from 130 countries and all 50 states. Mason has grown rapidly over the past half-century and is recognized for its innovation and entrepreneurship, remarkable diversity and commitment to accessibility. Mason is also one of the best values in higher education, producing graduates who lead all Virginia schools with the highest annual salaries.