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The Opera Philadelphia Channel presents a historic LA TRAVIATA featuring Lisette Oropesa's role debut as Violetta

October 26, 2020 | By Opera Philadelphia

In October 2015, rising soprano Lisette Oropesa made her role debut as Violetta in a new production of Verdi’s La traviata at the Academy of Music, serving notice that this would be one of the definitive roles of her career. “To judge from her first attempt at the role, Lisette Oropesa bids fair to be among its great exponents in her generation,” wrote David Shengold in Opera News.

Oropesa has gone on to perform the role at some of the world’s largest opera houses, including what the New York Times called a “star-making” turn at New York City’s Metropolitan Opera in February 2020.

In a special look back, the Opera Philadelphia Channel presents the digital premiere of Paul Curran’s renowned production from Bucharest National Opera, called “an impressive high-water mark” by the Philadelphia Inquirer. The opera premieres on Friday, October 30, at 8:00 p.m. EDT and will be available for unlimited on-demand viewing for Season Pass holders through May 31, 2021. The production is also available to rent for a seven-day period for $20. Visit for details.

The broadcast includes a recent interview with Oropesa conducted by Opera Philadelphia Artistic Advisor Lawrence Brownlee and featuring Jack Mulroney Music Director Corrado Rovaris, who reflect on the preparations that went into the important role debut and look back on the five-year anniversary of the production. The special includes commentary from director Curran as well as tenor Alek Shrader (Alfredo Germont) and baritone Stephen Powell (Giorgio Germont).

Featuring Verdi’s most timeless and lyrical score, La traviata has continued to captivate audiences for more than 150 years.  In the glamorous world of Paris—updated to the mid-20th century in this lavish production—a naive young man falls head over heels for a beautiful party girl. One of opera’s greatest romances takes a wrenching turn after they risk everything for a chance at enduring love.

About the Opera Philadelphia Channel

Launching on October 23, 2020, the Opera Philadelphia Channel creates a digital space in which artists can perform and explore, through a series of new commissions by visionary composers and dynamic performances produced for the screen. Season subscriptions priced at $99 are offered along with pay-per-view rental options for individual performances. The channel is available for viewing on computers and mobile devices, and on TV screens via Chromecast and the Opera Philadelphia Channel app on AppleTV, Android TV, Roku, and Amazon FireTV.

The Opera Philadelphia Channel has been made possible by the Disosway Foundation, Inc., and by Wyncote Foundation at the recommendation of Frederick R. Haas and Rafael Gomez. Major Support has been provided by Ms. Robin Angly, Maureen Craig and Glenn Goldberg, Joel and Sharon Koppelman, and Ellen Steiner. Additional Support has been provided by Mr. Jeffrey P. Cunard and Ms. Mariko Ikehara, Katie Adams Schaeffer and Tony Schaeffer, the Howard and Sarah D. Solomon Foundation, and Laura A. Williamson.

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