The opera La Traviata tops off the series Opera in the Heights has built around the 200th anniversary of composer Giuseppe Verdi's birthday. The tragic but beautiful story of Violetta, a courtesan living in Paris in the 1800s, pairs heartrending sacrifice with deep, selfless love. Violetta, living a carefree life filled with parties and transient romances, meets Alfredo, a young man from a respectable family who abandons his wealth and position in order to be with her. Their happiness is short-lived, though, when fate intervenes.
''I have gathered a magnificent group of guests artists,'' says Opera in the Heights Artistic Director Enrique Carreón-Robledo, winner of Best Artistic Director at the recent Houston Theater Awards. ''We take a fresh look at this masterpiece to render an interpretation true to the spirit in which it was composed.''
Violetta will be sung in alternating performances by Sara Heaton and Julia Ebner, while Steven Wallace and Christopher Trapani appear as Alfredo. La Traviata is sung in Italian with English surtitles projected above the stage.
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7:30 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays. Through October 13. Lambert Hall, 1703 Heights Boulevard. For information, call 713-861-5303 or visit operaintheheights.org. $32 to $59.
Thursdays-Saturdays, 7:30 p.m.; Sundays, 2 p.m. Starts: Oct. 4. Continues through Oct. 13, 2013