Rachel Willis-Sørensen

From April 6 through 27, LA Opera will present Giuseppe Verdi’s beloved romantic tragedy, La Traviata, starring soprano Rachel Willis-Sørensen. Music Director James Conlon will conduct five of the six performances at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, with Louis Lohraseb conducting the opera on April 18. The production, new to Los Angeles, is directed by Shawna Lucey.

“For 120 years, La Traviata has reigned as a supreme expression of the heightened emotions that can only be fully experienced in the opera house,” said Christopher Koelsch, LA Opera’s president and CEO. “This season’s gorgeous production, with James Conlon in the pit and Rachel Willis-Sørensen in the leading role, provides opera newcomers and seasoned aficionados alike with the perfect opportunity to see why Verdi’s masterpiece has held its place as one of the most beloved of all operas.”

Rachel Willis-Sørensen is known for her diverse repertoire ranging from Mozart to Wagner. A regular guest at the leading opera houses around the world, Le Monde enthused, “…the American soprano has without a doubt one of the most impressive voices in the opera world. The timbre, of marmoreal beauty, is striking, the projection telluric…”

About La Traviata
Violetta Valéry is the queen of Parisian nightlife for now, but she knows that life in the fast lane can’t last forever. The arrival of a fresh-faced suitor offers her an unexpected taste of true love, until society’s disapproval threatens to tear them apart.

La Traviata (“The Fallen Woman”) is based on the life of a real woman, Marie Duplessis (1824-1847), who rose from poverty to become one of 19th-century Paris’s most celebrated courtesans before dying at the age of 23 from tuberculosis. Writer Alexandre Dumas fils (one of her many lovers) based his romantic novel La Dame aux Camélias on their all-too-brief fling. He subsequently adapted it into a hugely successful play, upon which Verdi based his opera.

Marie’s tragically short life has also inspired filmmakers from the silent era to modern times. Notable screen adaptations of the story include the 1936 Greta Garbo classic Camille, the 1990 romantic comedy Pretty Woman, which made Julia Roberts a superstar, and the 2001 musical Moulin Rouge! with Nicole Kidman. The latter was adapted into a smash hit stage musical of the same name, opening on Broadway in 2019 and drawing capacity crowds to this day.

La Traviata
by Giuseppe Verdi

Conductor: James Conlon

Director: Shawna Lucey

Violetta Valéry: Rachel Willis-Sørensen
Alfredo Germont: Liparit Avetisyan
Giorgio Germont: Kihun Yoon

7:30pm on Saturday, April 6, 2024
at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion

Tickets available now: https://tickets.laopera.org/syos/performance/6333