LA TRAVIATA – Now at San Francisco Opera Through July 5th

Anna Netrebko will sing “Violetta” this coming Thursday and Sunday

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By Seán Martinfield
Sentinel Editor and Publisher
Photo by Lynn Imanaka

San Francisco Opera presents internationally renowned soprano Anna Netrebko in Giuseppe Verdi’s LA TRAVIATA this week on Thursday, June 25th at 7:30 pm and Sunday afternoon, June 28th at 2:00 pm. Performances on Monday 6/29, Wednesday 7/1, and Thursday 7/2 will feature Elizabeth Futral as the glamorous yet tortured Violetta. The final performance on Sunday, 7/5 will be headlined by soprano Ailyn Pérez. Also featured are tenors Charles Castronovo and David Lomelí as Alfredo Germont and baritones Dwayne Croft and Stephen Powell as Alfredo’s father, Giorgio Germont. San Francisco Opera Music Director and Principal Conductor Donald Runnicles conducts the San Francisco Opera Orchestra and Chorus in this production created and directed by Mrs. Plácido (Marta) Domingo. Conductor Edwin Outwater makes his San Francisco Opera debut at the July 5th performance.

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GIUSEPPI VERDI and EDWIN OUTWATER

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ANNA NETREBKO. Photo, Cory Weaver

Domingo’s critically acclaimed production, which premiered in Los Angeles in 2006, updates Verdi’s classic opera La Traviata with art deco costumes and sets. The timeless story of a conflicted courtesan, her devoted lover and his disapproving father translates flawlessly to the exuberant Roaring Twenties. Maestro Runnicles conducts the emotionally evocative and eternally popular score in his final performances as the Company’s music director. This year marks the 150th anniversary of the first performance of Verdi’s La Traviata in the city of San Francisco.

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LA TRAVIATA – Anna Netrebko and Charles Castronovo.
Photos, Terrence McCarthy

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Austin Kness (Marquis d’Obigny) and dancers. Photo, Terrence McCarthy

Merola Opera Program alumnus Charles Castronovo returns to San Francisco Opera as Violetta’s devoted suitor Alfredo Germont, a role he has previously sung at the Royal Opera, Covent Garden; Teatro Carlo Felice in Genoa; and Berlin State Opera. Sharing this role is 2009 Adler Fellow David Lomelí, making his San Francisco Opera debut. Baritone Dwayne Croft, who recently created the role of Robert E. Lee in Philip Glass’s Appomattox with San Francisco Opera, stars as Alfredo’s controlling father Giorgio Germont. Sharing this role is Stephen Powell, who made his San Francisco Opera debut as Sharpless in Madama Butterfly in 2007.

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Anna Netrebko (Violetta Valéry) and Dwayne Croft (Giorgio Germont). Photo, Terrence McCarthy

Leann Sandel-Pantaleo makes her San Francisco Opera debut as Violetta’s friend Flora, a role she has also performed a the Metropolitan Opera, and first-year Adler Fellow Renée Tatum is Annina, Violetta’s maid. Adler Fellows Andrew Bidlack, Austin Kness and Kenneth Kellogg appear in the roles of Alfredo’s friend Gastone, the Marquis d’Obigny, and Doctor Grenvil. Former Adler Fellow Dale Travis, who has previously appeared in almost thirty San Francisco Opera productions, is Baron Douphol. For more information: LA TRAVIATA

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Seán Martinfield
Sentinel Editor and Publisher
Seán Martinfield, who also serves as Fine Arts Critic, is a native San Franciscan. He is a Theatre Arts Graduate from San Francisco State University, a professional singer, and well-known private vocal coach to Bay Area actors and singers of all ages and persuasions. His clients have appeared in Broadway National Tours including Wicked, Aïda, Miss Saigon, Rent, Bye Bye Birdie, in theatres and cabarets throughout the Bay Area, and are regularly featured in major City events including Diva Fest, Gay Pride, and Halloween In The Castro. As an Internet consultant in vocal development and audition preparation he has published thousands of responses to those seeking his advice concerning singing techniques, professional and academic auditions, and careers in the Performing Arts. Mr. Martinfield’s Broadway clients have all profited from his vocal methodology, “The Belter’s Method”, which is being prepared for publication. If you want answers about your vocal technique, post him a question on AllExperts.com. If you would like to build up your vocal performance chops and participate in the Bay Area’s rich theatrical scene, e-mail him at: sean.martinfield@comcast.net.

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