Pretty Yende & Jonathan Tetelman Lead San Francisco Opera’s ‘La Traviata’

By Francisco Salazar

San Francisco Opera is set to present Giuseppe Verdi’s “La Traviata” in a new production.

The opera is set to be conducted by Music Director Eun Sun Kim and directed by Shawna Lucey. This new vision of a beloved classic will be the first new production of “La Traviata” to be built by the Company in 35 years.

In an official press statement, Director Shawna Lucey said, “Verdi’s masterpiece about one of the most incredible women in history lives at the intersection of sex and money. Marie Duplessis, or Violetta as she is known in the opera, through her own ingenuity and tenacity has become Paris’ most famous courtesan. When real love sweeps her away, she becomes the victim of the oppressive societal rules she thought she had conquered. Violetta lives her life on display, with no privacy afforded her. In our gorgeous new production set in late 19th-century Paris, the joy and tragedy of history’s most famous courtesan shines in every element.”

The opera is set to star three singers making their company debuts; South African soprano Pretty Yende, Chilean American tenor Jonathan Tetelman, and Italian baritone Simone Piazzola.

Completing the cast are Taylor Raven as Flora Bervoix, Adam Lau as Dr. Grenvil, current San Francisco Opera Adler Fellows Timothy Murray (Marchese d’Obigny), Edward Graves (Gastone) and Elisa Sunshine (Annina), Michael Jankosky (Giuseppe), William Bryan (a Messenger) and Andrew Pardini (Flora’s Servant).

The opera is set to be performed between Nov. 11 through Dec. 3 with the Nov. 11 performance streamed at the ballpark. Meanwhile, the Nov. 16 performance will be streamed and available to watch on demand for 48 hours beginning on Thursday, Nov. 17.