From July, 2019

Review of AO’s La Traviata in the July Issue of Opera News Online

ATLANTA OPERA capped its thirty-ninth season with Giuseppe Verdi’s La Traviata, presented at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre in a lavish co-production with Seattle Opera, Washington National Opera, the Glimmerglass Festival and Indiana University (seen May 3). A triumvirate of important artists—director Francesca Zambello and designers Peter Davison and Jess Goldstein—collaborated to reimagine Violetta Valéry’s tragic demise. Scenic designer Davison accomplished both visual splendor and functional efficiency with almost twenty hulking, triangular prisms that rotated, transforming Violetta’s elegant salon to a stark hospital or a charming country house. Goldstein’s thoughtful costume design updated Violetta’s story to the belle époque and conveyed the glamourous…