'La Traviata' coming to Naval Academy New York City company to perform Verdi opera

January 19, 1996|By Phil Greenfield | Phil Greenfield,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

Boy loves courtesan who returns the favor.

Father asks girl of easy virtue to leave son alone for his family's sake.

Girl reluctantly agrees and dumps boy, who promptly acts like a jerk at the gambling table.

Boy once again pledges his love and shows up just in time to have the girl die in his arms.

A hot new afternoon soap opera?

No, it's the immortal "La Traviata," Guiseppe Verdi's rich, colorful tear-jerker of an opera that just happens to be chock-full of some of the most glorious melodies ever composed.

From the whirling, spirited "Libiamo" she shares with her young Alfredo to her world-weary lament, "Addio del passato," Violetta the courtesan is one of the great operatic heroines.

Violetta, her headstrong lover and Giorgo Germont, Alfredo's well-meaning father, will be visiting Annapolis Tuesday when the New York City Opera National Company returns to the Naval Academy's Alumni Hall to perform "La Traviata." Curtain is 7:30 p.m.

The company is considered one of America's best touring companies. It showcases some of our finest young singers, instrumentalists and designers. Many go on to enjoy successful careers with major opera houses around the world.

The performance at the Naval Academy will feature the popular "super title" system. While the performers sing in the original Italian, a simultaneous English translation will be projected on a screen above the stage. Anyone keeping away from opera because of a presumed language barrier need no longer do so.

Tickets range from $20 to $28 and may be purchased by calling the Navy Ticket Office at 268-6060.

OC A Big Apple-quality opera cast for that kind of money? Libiamo!

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