La Traviata


Conducted by Christopher Larkin
Directed by Elise Sandell

A poignant portrait of love and loss à Paris.

A crown jewel of grand opera, La Traviata tells the story of the brilliant and beautiful Parisian courtesan Violetta Valéry as she falls deeply in love with Alfredo Germont. Haunted by her reputation and illness, Violetta navigates sexual politics and confronts societal expectations as she braves the most broken of hearts.

About our production 

Performed in Italian with English captions.
Approximately 3 hours, including two intermissions.

Classic sets and costumes honor tradition on the grandest scale. Romanian soprano Aurelia Florian, whose performance of Violetta at the San Francisco Opera was called “incandescent” by the San Francisco Chronicle, makes her Portland Opera debut as our tour de force heroine. Tenor Jonathan Boyd returns to Portland Opera as Alfredo.

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Tickets start at $35. View seating map for Keller Auditorium.


The performance of La Traviata on November 4 at 2 PM will include an audio description of the visual and physical events on stage for patrons who are blind or have low vision. For patrons who are deaf or hard of hearing, each performance is visually translated with English text projected above the stage. If you require wheelchair, ADA, or companion seating, please let our Patron Services team know when you purchase tickets, so that we can ensure your visit to the opera is an excellent one.


Violetta Valery
Aurelia Florian

Alfredo Germont
Jonathan Boyd

Giorgio Germont
Weston Hurt

Gastone de Letorieres
David Warner

Baron Douphol
Daniel Mobbs

Marchese D’Obigny
Geoffrey Schellenberg

Doctor Grenville
Damien Geter

Flora Bervoix
Camille Sherman

Helen Huang

Christopher Larkin

Elise Sandell

Plot & Program Notes

La Traviata is adapted from La Dame aux Camélias (1852), a play adapted from the novel by Alexandre Dumas, fils. In 1936, Greta Garbo took on the role of the famous courtesan in the film adaptation, Camille. Verdi composed over 25 operas during his career, with La Traviata being one of his peak “middle period” operas which, along with Il Trovatore and Rigoletto, remain some of the most popular works in the operatic repertoire.