Teatro del Bicentenario in Guanajuato, Mexico presents La Traviata
Since 2010, the occasion of Mexico’s Bicentennial and the inauguration of the theatre, the Teatro del Bicenentario has been presenting full-scale, international quality opera productions. This season is no exception. They are presenting Verdi’s wildly popular La Traviata starting on May 18th.
When I lived in León, Guanajuato I was fortunate to attend some of the productions and even interview Alonso Escalante, the Director of the theatre, and get his perspective on their productions like La Bohème, which they presented in 2012.
The upcoming production of La Traviata promises to build on the previous success and carry forward the mission of establishing a cultural beach head in the plentiful and prosperous Bajio valley of Central Mexico. León is a burgeoning city about half-way between two of Mexico’s largest cities: Guadalajara and Mexico City. Further, the state of Guanajuato boasts the dazzling colonial town of Guanajuato, which plays host to the internationally famous festival called El Cervantino (which takes its name from the Spanish writer Miguel de Cervantes) and the lovely, well-preserved colonial town of San Miguel de Allende, a legendary escape for artists and musicians from all around the world that has more recently become one of the top tourist destinations world-wide.
With this strategic location as the backdrop, the theatre presents a supremely popular opera that is being presented with an all new staging produced by the Bicentennial Theatre after Verdi’s original conception, yet without being completely traditional. The staging will include new elements of stagecraft for the sets and costumes that make reference to the Parisian fashion of the era. The creative team that will realize this stunning operatic production is headed by the stage director and choreographer, Marco Antonio Silva, with set design by Fernando Feres and costume design by Adriana Ruiz.
La Traviata is an opera in three acts by Giuseppe Verdi (1813-1901) and Italian libretto by Francesco Maria Piave. It is based the novel La Dame aux Camelias, by Alexandre Dumas (son), whose stage version inspired Verdi when he witnessed it. It is a melodrama that stands out within Verdi’s work for its realistic and contemporary nature given the time in which it was written. Together with Il trovatore (1853) and Rigoletto (1851), this opera forms part of the so-called "popular trilogy" by the composer.
For this production, the role of Violetta Valéry will be played by Sophie Gordeladze, the Georgian soprano with a solid international career. She will be accompanied by two Mexican singers: Jesús León as Alfredo Germont and Guillermo Ruiz as Georgio Germont.
As with all of the operas presented so far by the theatre, the soloists will be well-supported by a cast of more than 120 artists and the chorus of the theatre. The musical director will be Arthur Fagan, the American musical director of the Atlanta Opera.
Given that La Traviata is one of the best-loved and most often performed operas in the world and the prowess of the Teatro del Bicentenario to produce top-notch opera productions, this opera promises to be a crowd pleaser. No doubt it will show off the true genius of Verdi .
Ci vediamo all’opera , Lina