Alfredo (Roberto Di Biasio) shames Violetta (Myrtò Papatanasiu) (photo credit: Yves Renaud)
VERDI’S FALLEN WOMAN IS A THEATRICAL TREAT
As an added bonus, she’s even the proper age to play the young heroine
As the title character – La Traviata means “the fallen woman” – mezzo-soprano Myrtò Papatanasiu is both ravishing and moving as she navigates the speedy emotional transitions of her character. Whether playing the flighty party girl of Act One or the woman dying alone in Act Three, Papatanasiu makes it look nearly effortless to sing Verdi’s exquisite score. As an added bonus, she’s even the proper age to play the young heroine – not always something that can be said in the opera – and her youthful energy adds a playfulness to the character that endears us to her right away.
Credit director Michael Cavanagh for this; a man with dozens of operas under his belt, Cavanagh whisks us from pageant to comedy to tragedy with surprising ease, making this show a feast for the eyes, the ears and the heart. While we’re at it, we might also tip our hat to conductor Fabrizio Maria Carminati, whose work behind the scenes undoubtedly formed the backbone for this production.