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LA TRAVIAtA

SUNDAY
OCTOBER 17
2:00 PM

 

FRIDAY
OCTOBER 21
8:00 PM

 

SUNDAY
OCTOBER 23
2:00 PM

 

TUESDAY
OCTOBER 25
7:30 PM

 

One of the worlds most beloved operas, La traviata is a love story trapped between two worlds.  

 

Violetta, a courtesan serving Paris’ elite society, encounters Alfredo, an earnest young man genuinely in love with her.  His affection wins Violetta over and she chooses to leave her life behind and live only for Alfredo, but at what cost to them both.  


La traviata has inspired popular films from Pretty Woman to Moulin Rouge.  

 

Come rediscover true love. 

COMPOSED BY
Giuseppe Verdi

Libretto BY
Francesco Maria Piave

Premiered
March 6, 1853, at
La Fenice opera house in Venice


Sung in ITALIAN


 

CAST AND CREW

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Violetta Valéry, a courtesan
Yulia Lysenko

Ukrainian soprano Yulia Lysenko recently emigrated to the United States after starting her career at the Lviv National Opera. Praised by Opera News Russia for her “bright and clean” soprano and “vivid and effortless” singing, Yulia has thrilled audiences throughout Asia and Europe in principal roles including Violetta ("La traviata"), Mimì and Musetta ("La boheme"), Adina ("L'Elisir D'Amore"), Pamina ("Die Zauberflote"), Marfa ("The Tsar’s Bride"), Micaëla ("Carmen"), Gilda ("Rogoletto") and L’Amour ("Orphee Et Eurydice"). She made her American debut at the Princeton Festival in 2018, in the title role of "Madama Butterfly" and joined Piedmont Opera as Mimì ("La boheme") later that year. She reprised the role of Mimì for Union Avenue Opera and returned to Piedmont Opera for her role debut as Elisabetta ("Mary, Queen of Scots"). She joined Cedar Rapids Opera in the title role of "Madama Butterfly."
 
Yulia was the first-place winner of the International Competition Mystetztvo XXI (Kyiv, Ukraine) and appeared on the television show Zirki v Operi, the Ukrainian adaptation of the British hit show Popstar to Operastar. She has performed with the Bolshoi Theatre of Belarus, Alisher Navoi State Academic Bolshoi Theatre and Cadenza European Art Productions, as well as festivals including Toshkent Bahori (Uzbekistan), Festival de Lacoste (France), Slowo i Muzyka u Jezuitow (Poland), Musiques au Coeur (France), Festival Les Nuits Musicales de la Sainte Victoire (France), Minsk International Christmas Opera Forum (Belarus), and the International Opera Art Festival S. Krushelnytska (Ukraine). A sought-after concert artist, her concert repertoire includes Mozart’s REQUIEM and Orff’s CARMINA BURANA, among others.
 
Yulia received both her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from the Lviv National Music Academy (Ukraine) and completed master courses of technique and interpretation in Poland under the tutelage of Teresa Zylis-Gara and Kaludi Kaludov. 

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Alfredo
Orson Van Gay, II,

As an operatic tenor, recitalist, actor and a Fulbright Scholar, Orson Van Gay II encapsulates unbounded talents with refined confidence and compelling artistry.

He created the role of Raymond Santana in the world première of Central Park Five with Long Beach Opera and made his role debut as Rodolfo in "La bohème" with Pacific Opera Projects. He was Nemorino with the Phoenicia Int. Festival of the Voice and sang the romantic lead of the Young Man in "Last Romance" with Kansas New Theater. This past season included working with Mo. James Conlin at LA Opera in its production of "Il trovatore" and with the LA Philharmonic in its preparation of "Fidelio." He was Vitaliano in Long Beach Opera’s "Guistino"; and, reprised his role Central Park Five with Long Beach Opera in 2022.

He debuted the role of Bernard Curson in the world première of "Figaro 90210" with LA Opera and was Ramerrez in "The Prospector" in two different seasons. Other operatic roles include Alfredo ("La traviata"), Ben ("The Night of the Living Dead") and the title roles of Candide and Orpheus.

He joined the Cal Philharmonic Orchestra in celebration of Leonard Bernstein’s 100th anniversary and Beethoven’s "Symphony No. 9" as tenor soloist at Walt Disney Concert Hall and sang the haunting role of Orlando in The Industry’s nationally acclaimed production of "Hopscotch." Singing in other languages, he has sung in Mandarin making his debut with SINO U.S. Performing Arts Organization with performances in Los Angeles and Phoenix. He premiered "Golden," a composition based on the life of Polish composer Igancy Paderewski by Nathan Wang in Los Angeles and the role of Prince in the world première of Ricky Ian Gordon’s "Morning Star."

He holds a Bachelor of Science in Vocal Performance from Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia and has been honored by the NATS organization on several occasions.

A native of southern California, he has been featured in major television commercials and starred in a variety of shows for Netflix, including foreign film and television. In 2020 he co-starred on the Disney series "Coop & Cami Ask the World."

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Giorgio Germont, Alfredo's father
Robert Overman

Robert has performed the title roles in Verdi’s "Rigoletto" in Düsseldorf, "Nabucco" in Bonn and Mozart’s "Don Giovanni" in Karlsruhe. His other roles include Germont in "La Traviata," Luna in "Il Trovatore," Don Carlos in "La Forza del Destino," Almaviva in "Le Nozze di Figaro," Marcello in "La Bohème" and Jago in "Otello," which he has sung in such venues as Strassbourg, Nice, Reggio nel Emilia, Heidelberg, Wiesbaden, Basel, Dortmund, Leipzig and Nüremberg. Robert has sung leading roles in productions with such luminaries as Placido Domingo, Sherrill Milnes, Giuseppi Giacomini, Eva Marton, Barbara Daniels, Julia Varady, Johan Botha and Katja Ricciarelli. Some career highlights include replacing an indisposed Piero Cappuccilli in the role of Alfio in "Cavalleria Rusticana" in Munich, appearing as Rambaldo in Puccini’s "La Rondine" in co-production with Bonn and Washington, D.C. and directed by Marta Domingo (wife of Placido), and singing the title role in the new opera "Fürst von Salzburg" – Wolf Dietrich in the famed Salzburg Festival. His European debut, in the role of Scarpia, occurred in the Großes Festspielhaus in Salzburg. At home on the concert stage as well as the opera theater, Robert has performed as a soloist with the Mozarteum Orchestra in Salzburg, the Stuttgarter Philarmoniker, the Kölner Philarmoniker and the Houston Symphony, where he was featured as baritone soloist for Mendelssohn’s "Die Erste Walpurgisnacht" with world-renowned conductor Helmut Rilling, among many others.

 

Locally, Robert has been heard in Winston-Salem in Piedmont Opera’s "La Traviata" (Germont), "Un Ballo in Maschera" (Renato), "Tosca" (Scarpia) and "Madama Butterfly" (Sharpless). For the Greensboro Opera Company, he has sung the roles of Marcello in "La Bohème" and Renato in "Un Ballo in Maschera." He has also sung as bass soloist with the Winston-Salem Symphony’s "Messiah" for two seasons as well as appearing with the Greensboro Symphony’s Chamber Music series, performing “Six Songs for Baritone and Violin” by Louis Spohr with violinist and GSO Symphony music director Dmitry Sitkovetsky. Robert sang the title role in Mendelssohn’s "Elijah," conducted by operatic superstar baritone Sherrill Milnes in both Winston-Salem and Greensboro. Most recently, Robert sang the title role in Verdi’s "Rigoletto" in the Piedmont Opera production. Robert was educated at the UNC-Greensboro School of Music, the Goldovsky Opera Institute and the Akademie Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria. In addition to singing, Robert has served on the faculties of Greensboro College, High Point University, UNC School of the Arts and Wake Forest University.

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Flora Bervoix, Violetta's friend
Kristin Schweke

As a Young Artist, Kristin has been engaged as a Festival Artist with the Sherrill Milnes’ Savannah Voice Festival for several summers. She was an Apprentice Artist with Chautauqua Opera where she performed in Benjamin Britten’s Peter Grimes and Verdi’s Falstaff and was a featured soloist with the Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra. Kristin is a former Young Artist with the Crested Butte Music Festival where she sang Mimi (La bohème) in concert under the baton of Covent Garden’s David Syrus.

 

In concert, Kristin has recently sung Verdi’s Requiem with the University of North Carolina School of the Arts Symphony Orchestra and Mozart’s "Requiem" with the Valdosta Symphony Orchestra. Her other solo concert engagements include Rutter’s "Requiem," Bruckner’s "Te Deum," Debussy’s "L’enfant prodigue," Mendelssohn’s "Elijah," Orff’s "Carmina Burana," Beethoven’s "Mass in C," Dubois’ "Seven Last Words" and Handel’s "Messiah." She has appeared with orchestras nationwide including Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra, Fayetteville Symphony Orchestra, Cobb Symphony Orchestra, and the University of Wisconsin Madison Symphony Orchestra.

 

Ms Schwecke has received honors in the Heafner Williams Vocal Competition, the Fritz and Lavinia Jensen Foundation Competition, Charlotte Opera Guild Competition, Rosen-Schaffel Young Artist Competition, Schubert Club Bruce P Carlson Scholarship Competition and internationally from the Czech and Slovak International Singing Competition. She was also the winner at the district level and received an Encouragement Award at Regional level in the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions.

Annina, Violetta's maid
Danielle Romano

Mezzo-Soprano Danielle Romano is pursuing a Master of Music at the A.J. Fletcher Opera Institute under the instruction of Dr. Marilyn Taylor. In last season’s Fletcher productions, Danielle was featured as Pierotto in Gaetano Donizetti’s “Linda di Chamounix” and Erminella in John Musto’s “Volpone.” Danielle holds a bachelor’s degree in vocal performance from The Eastman School of Music, where she studied with Anthony Dean Griffey. 

During her time at Eastman, Danielle participated in productions of "L'incoronazione di Poppea," "Orfeo ed Euridice" and "Don Giovanni," as well as the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra’s production of "The Mother of Us All." 

In addition to performing, she has worked as an assistant stage manager and backstage for Eastman Opera Theater’s wardrobe crew. In her hometown of Philadelphia, Danielle has sung under the baton of maestro Yannick Nézet Séguin at The Kimmel Center and has performed in GAMP’s productions of "West Side Story," "Shrek The Musical" and "Fiddler on the Roof."

Danielle has sung internationally with Umbrian Serenades in Spain and throughout Italy with Philadelphia International Opera Theater. When she is not singing, Danielle enjoys playing piano and writing music.

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Gastone de Letorières, Alfredo's friend
David Maize

Hailing from Iowa City, Iowa, David Maize has been performing in the North Carolina area for over eight years, having made appearances in tandem with The Fletcher Opera Institute as Cornaccio in John Musto’s “Volpone,” L’intende in Gaetano Donizetti’s “Linda di Chamounix,” Brighella in Richard Strauss' “Ariadne auf Naxos” and La Guardia in Nino Rota's “Il Capello di Paglia di Firenze.” Maize will be returning to the stage once more as Medoro In Josef Haydn’s “Orlando Paladino” for the 2022-23 season. 

Locally and abroad, he has participated in a slew of operas ranging from the serious as a French Soldier in Kevin Putts' “Silent Night,” to the delightfully silly in Gilbert and Sullivan's “The Pirates of Penzance” with Piedmont Opera, where he appeared most recently in “Ragtime.”

With the Princeton Festival he appeared in Benjamin Britten's “Peter Grimes,” Ludwig van Beethoven's “Fidelio” and as soloist with their Baroque Orchestra.

David graduated from UNCSA with a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance. He is a student of Dr. Marilyn Taylor.

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Barone Douphol, Violetta's lover, a rival of Alfredo 
Scott MacLeod

Dr. Scott MacLeod is Associate Professor of Music at High Point University, where he provides individual voice training, teaches opera and musical theatre techniques, and serves as music director for HPU opera and musical theatre productions. He received the High Point University “Innovation and Creativity in Teaching” Award in 2021.

 

An avid supporter of global education experiences, Dr. MacLeod has led several student performance tours in Costa Rica as part of the Centro Cultural Costarricense/Norteamericano “Promising Artists of the 21st Century” program, and was HPU faculty leader for the Prague Institute in spring 2015. He spent two summers as a guest artist/lecturer in China and was awarded an honorary faculty post at Shaoguan University (Guangdong, China) in 2017. He has taught HPU study abroad courses in Austria and the Czech Republic and is currently on faculty with the “HPU Humanities in London” Maymester program.

 

Dr. MacLeod maintains an active career as a singer, spanning classical and musical theatre genres. He has appeared as a soloist in a variety of national and international venues, including Opera North, Utah Festival Opera, Opera Omaha, Central City Opera, Mobile Opera, Des Moines Metro Opera, Piedmont Opera, Greensboro Opera, Opera on the James, Eastern Music Festival, Carolina Ballet, Center for Contemporary Opera, the Tucson Symphony, the Winston-Salem Symphony, the North Carolina Symphony, the National Symphony of Costa Rica, and Carnegie Hall. 2022 performances include the bass solos in Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony in Carolina Ballet’s 25th anniversary celebration, Rob Kapilow’s The Polar Express and soloist in the annual Independence Day tour with the North Carolina Symphony, and Father in Piedmont Opera’s production of Ragtime. He also received a state department grant from the U.S. Consulate in Marseille, France, to perform an ocean conservation-themed recital tour, which culminated in a performance in Monaco for Prince Albert II and invited guests; he will perform the same concert in the Washington National Gallery music series on Earth Day 2023.

 

In addition to his role at HPU and performing engagements, Dr. MacLeod serves as chorus master for North Carolina Opera. He holds degrees from Northwestern University, Florida State University, and the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.