Opening Night Broadcast, Wednesday at 7:15 pm
When Lyric Opera of Chicago opens its production of La traviata on Wednesday evening, there will be music that has never been heard in that opera house before. In its thirteen previous runs at Lyric Opera, starting with the inaugural season in 1954, La traviata has always been staged with cuts to the score.
There’s been a resurgence of interest in getting back to authentic Verdi, driven in part by the composer’s 200th birthday, but also owing to the efforts of scholars like University of Chicago professor Philip Gossett, who has waded through rare books and documents scattered throughout the world to piece together critical editions of Verdi’s operas.
Lyric’s Traviata conductor Massimo Zanetti talks about dispensing with the convention of cutting the score:
Chorus master Michael Black draws a distinction between a Parsifal chorus and a Traviata chorus: