Verdi, Verdi good: Tickets on sale for June performance of ‘La Traviata’The good news: The Duluth Festival Opera Board of Directors soon opens its 2008 summer season.
The good news: The Duluth Festival Opera Board of Directors soon opens its 2008 summer season. The bad news: Heck, there is none when the season opens with Verdi’s shocking, tragic opera, “La Traviata.”
The performances start at 7:30 p.m. June 26 and 28 at the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center and features the Duluth Superior Symphony Orchestra and the choral singers of the Arrowhead Chorale, led by Stanley Wold. The production is directed by Duluth Festival Opera artistic director, Craig Fields and conducted by DSSO musical director, Markand Thakar. The opera is sung in Italian with English supertitles.
The cast includes soprano Penelope Shumate singing the role of the compromised courtesan and lover, Violetta Valery. Tenor David Ossenfort is to play the handsome, intense lover, Alfredo Germont. Baritone John Packard appears as the sympathetic father of Alfredo, Giorgio Germont. Rounding out the cast is Twin Cities’ soprano Sally Clayburn as Flora, mezzo-soprano Andrea Coleman as Annina and Minnesota Opera tenor Colyn Tvete in the role of Gastone.
Tickets range between $18 and $58 for reserved seating. Student and group discounts available. For reservations call 727-2121, visit the DECC box office or go to www.ticketmaster.com.