Metropolitan Opera To Restore Intermission In ‘La Traviata’

By Francisco Salazar

The Metropolitan Opera has announced that Michael Mayer’s New production of “La Traviata” will have two intermissions.

In a recent interview with The New York Times, Yannick Nézet-Séguin revealed that he fought for the second intermission to be reinserted as it it helped the singers have proper rest and also because it was how Verdi originally intended the work to be shown. Nézet-Séguin stated, “Verdi is strongest when we respect the text very much, when we respect the music, when we respect the drama.”

In keeping with his statement, it should be interesting if the maestro plays the full score as intended by the composer or utilizes traditional cuts that remain to this day.

The news comes ahead of the premiere of “La Traviata” which is set to star Juan Diego Flórez and Diana Damrau and opens on Dec. 4.

The previous Willy Decker production, which first had its premiere in 2005 at the Salzburg Festival, only had one intermission connecting the second and third act.

“La Traviata” opens on Dec. 4 with Flórez and Damrau followed by a second cast in April headed by Plácido Domingo, Anita Hartig, and Steohen Costello.