Massimo Cavalletti Adds Third Verdi Role

By Francisco Salazar

Massimo Cavalletti is set to make his house and role debut as Giorgio Germont in “La Traviata” at the Palm Beach Opera.

The baritone will sing the role in a production by Fabio Ceresa under the musical direction of Antonello Allemandi, the first of a series of three performances running through Jan. 27, 2019.

Cavalletti will join a cast that includes Kristina Mkhitaryan and Jacqueline Ecols sharing the role of  Violetta, and Alexey Tatarintsev and Derrek Stark alternating Alfredo Germont.

Germont is the second of three Verdi roles that Cavalletti has added to his repertoire this season. In September, he made his debut as Conte di Luna in “Il Trovatore” at the Teatro del Maggio in Florence and in June he will interpret Francesco Moor in a new production of “I Masnadieri” at the Teatro alla Scala for the first time.

In a statement, the baritone said, “I had come to my first Palm Beach rehearsals with the usual stern and uptight Germont in my mind, but director Fabio Ceresa tailored on me a milder and more gentleman, who is profoundly moved by Violetta’s fate. Giorgio Germont realizes that the love between the two young lovers is true and that only the sanctimonious self-righteousness (of which in the opera he is the primary example) forbids them to live their love. This role already fits me like a glove and the music enraptures me at any moment and gives me intense emotions.”