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.
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CAST AND CREW
Violetta Valéry, a courtesan
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.
Giorgio Germont, Alfredo's father
Robert is a member of the American Choral Directors’ Association and the National Association of Teachers of Singing. He remains active as a performer and teacher. He is recently retired from the voice faculty of the University of North Carolina School of the Arts and is a national winner of both the National Opera Association Auditions in Washington, DC, and the Metropolitan Opera Auditions in New York City. Robert has enjoyed a 25-year professional singing career, with 15 of those years spent living and singing leading roles in opera theaters and concert halls in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, France and throughout Europe, as well as in the US. He has most recently been heard in the title role of Piedmont Opera’s “Rigoletto” and with the Greensboro and Winston-Salem Symphonies and the Choral Society of Greensboro as soloist. He has also sung as a guest soloist in churches and cathedrals throughout Europe as well as Duke Chapel and the National Cathedral in Washington, DC. Robert has served churches in Winston-Salem, NC, Climax, NC and Greensboro, NC, as music director before his call to Starmount.
Flora Bervoix, Violetta's friend
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
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.
Barone Douphol, Violetta's lover, a rival of Alfredo
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.
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.