2017–18 Season: Violetta Valéry in La Traviata
Making her American and San Francisco Opera debuts as Violetta Valéry in La Traviata, soprano Aurelia Florian premiered the role in 2013 at the Deutsche Oper Berlin, and has since performed it to wide acclaim at Bavarian State Opera, New Israeli Opera in Tel Aviv, Der Norske Opera in Oslo, Zurich Oper, and the Savonlinna Festival in Finland. Born and trained in her native Romania, Florian began her professional career with the Romanian National Opera in Bucharest from 2008 through 2010. Particularly in demand for her Verdi and Puccini roles, her repertoire also includes Magda in La Rondine, the title role of Luisa Miller, Mimì in La Bohème, Lida in La Battaglia di Legnano, Amalia in I Masnadieri, and Juliette in Roméo et Juliette. Last season Florian made successful debuts as Desdemona in Otello at the Verdi Festival Parma and Donna Anna in Don Giovanni at Deutsche Oper Berlin. Upcoming engagements include Marguerite in Faust at New Israeli Opera.