Vanessa Vasquez to Headline North Carolina Opera’s ‘La Traviata’

By David Salazar

North Carolina Opera is set to present “La Traviata” on Oct. 27 and 29, 2023.

The production, which kicks off the 2023-24 season, will be conducted by Joseph Mechavich and directed by John Hoomes.

The opera will star Vanessa Vasquez as Violetta with Jonathan Johnson as Alfredo. Andrew Manea will take on the role of Giorgio Germont. Rounding out the cast will be Jason Karn as Gastone, Lawrence Hall as Baron Douphol, Jacob Cortes as the Marquis d’Obigny, Christian Blackburn as Dr. Grenvil, Erica Jackson as Flora Bervoix, and Gretchen Bruesehoff as Annina.

“The combination of Verdi’s brilliant music being performed by incredible artists while telling a truly compelling story will thrill opera newbies and longtime fans alike,” said Eric Mitchko, NCO General Director, in an official press statement.

Both performances will take place at Raleigh Memorial Auditorium in the Martin Marietta Center for the Performing Arts.