La Traviata

Passion that knows no boundaries.

When the glamorous but fragile courtesan Violetta Valéry and her admirer Alfredo Germont find love, it seems nothing can keep them apart. But the rules of society and family expectations betray them, and Violetta’s fate takes a tragic turn.

Music by Giuseppe Verdi | Libretto by Francesco Maria Piave

Sung in Italian with English supertitles

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Running Time

Approximately 3 hours including two intermissions.

Who Should See It

Great for families and first-time operagoers
Great for families and first-time operagoers

Great for date night and first-time operagoers. Fans of Pretty Woman and Moulin Rouge!.

Best Value Dates

Tuesday, October 3
Wednesday, October 11
Saturday, October 14
Tuesday, October 17

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Saturday 09/23/17 7:30PM
Tuesday 09/26/17 7:30PM
Thursday 09/28/17 7:30PM *
Sunday 10/01/17 2:00PM *
Tuesday 10/03/17 7:30PM
Friday 10/06/17 7:30PM
Sunday 10/08/17 2:00PM
Wednesday 10/11/17 7:30PM *
Saturday 10/14/17 7:30PM
Tuesday 10/17/17 7:30PM


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The Expert: Peter Susskind

Learn about the opera’s music, characters, composer and historical background.


A Parisian courtesan sacrifices everything for the man she loves. 

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"Romanian soprano Aurelia Florian left the audience spellbound with her performance as Violetta."

–Reuters, UK

"Atalla Ayan is a find: Young and trim, he has a warm, rounded tone with a quality that calls to mind the young Plácido Domingo"

The New York Times

"Nicola Luisotti led the Opera Orchestra in a moving, beautifully colored reading of Verdi’s masterful score."

The Mercury News

Cast & Creative

Violetta Valéry Aurelia Florian *
Alfredo Germont Atalla Ayan *
Giorgio Germont Artur Ruciński *
Flora Bervoix Renée Rapier
Gastone Amitai Pati
Baron Duphol Philip Skinner
Doctor Grenvil Anthony Reed
Marquis d’Obigny Andrew G. Manea
Annina Amina Edris


September 23, 26, 28; October 1, 3, 6, 8, 11, 14, 17, 2017



Conductor Nicola Luisotti
Production John Copley
Revival Director Shawna Lucey
Set Designer John Conklin
Costume Designer David Walker
Lighting Designer Gary Marder
Chorus Director Ian Robertson
Choreographer Carola Zertuche *
Fight Director Dave Maier

* San Francisco Opera debut

A San Francisco Opera production

Previous performances of La Traviata can be found in our Archive.




September 8–30 and November 18–December 9



November 4–22

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November 21–December 10

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Photo (top): San Francisco Opera production of La Traviata/Cory Weaver