Kathryn Lewek leads Toledo Opera’s ‘La Traviata’

By Francisco Salazar

Toledo Opera will present Verdi’s “La Traviata” in its return to the Valentine Theatre.

The opera will be presented for the first time in 10 years and will be showcased on April 22 & 24. Toledo Opera will also host a free Pre-Opera Talk one hour before each show in the Grand Lobby of the Valentine Theatre.

“La Traviata” will star internationally renowned Metropolitan Opera soprano and Toledo Opera audience favorite, Kathryn Lewek as Violetta and Metropolitan Opera tenor Zach Borichevsky as Alfredo. This real-life couple be directed by Marc Verzatt and conducted by Maestro Joseph Colaneri.

Malcolm MacKenzie, Jessica Dold, Katherine Kincaid, Michael Colman, Jason Budd, Fran Daniel Laucerica, and Andrew Payne round out the cast.

In a statement, the Toledo Opera’s General Director said, “Toledo Opera is honored that Katie has chosen to debut the role of Violetta with our company. This is the third iconic lead role that she has sung with Toledo Opera. Our community is so lucky to have this caliber of soprano performing again for us. As the sole standard-bearer of the operatic tradition in our area, Toledo Opera provides a form of cultural stewardship that no other organization can. As opera companies consider the path forward for the art form, it is the unique power of this tradition – with the operatic voice such as Katie’s at its heart – that must guide us into the future. In his recent farewell column, long-time New York Times classical music critic Anthony Tommasini wrote that one thing about classical music should not change: ‘the sheer, splendid sound of music. A magnificent voice carrying through a spacious opera house.”’