La Traviata


By Giuseppe Verdi
November 11, 13, 16, 22, 25, 27, 30; December 3, 2022


All that changes when a naive young man enters her Paris salon and offers her a romance full of tenderness and compassion. But can their love ever be free from the social stigmas of her past?

Soprano Pretty Yende makes her Company debut as the beautiful and self-determined Violetta. Tenor Jonathan Tetelman is the dashing, young Alfredo, whose love forces Violetta to make a devastating choice—a choice demanded by Alfredo's father, Germont, performed by baritone Simone Piazzola.

Music Director Eun Sun Kim leads the San Francisco Opera Orchestra and chorus in Shawna Lucey's sumptuous new vision of Verdi's masterpiece—the first new production of La Traviata built by San Francisco Opera's own craftspeople since 1987.

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Sung in Italian with English supertitles


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Approximately 3 hours including two intermissions

Why You Should See It

It’s the opera that makes Julia Roberts cry in Pretty Woman—and its story has inspired artists from Sofia Coppola to Baz Luhrmann, whose film Moulin Rouge! shares its DNA.

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The Buzz

Read what the press has said about the stars of the production.

“[Etienne] Dupuis the Canadian baritone deploys immense charm and seduction, phrasing with infinite finesse.”
Opera News

“[Adela Zaharia’s] voice was equal parts shimmer and opulence.”
Los Angeles Times

“[Luca] Pisaroni’s natural charm comes through, lending Leporello a touch of swagger.”
The New York Times


There was no place for love in Violetta Valéry’s life as a popular Paris courtesan. But then Alfredo Germont walked into her salon—turning both of their worlds upside down.

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Cast & Creative

Violetta Valéry Pretty Yende *
Alfredo Germont Jonathan Tetelman *
Giorgio Germont Simone Piazzola *


November 11, 13, 16, 22, 25, 27, 30; December 3, 2022

Conductor Eun Sun Kim
Director Shawna Lucey
Production Designer Robert Innes Hopkins
Lighting Designer Michael Clark
Choreographer John Heginbotham

* San Francisco Opera Debut

Previous performances of La Traviata can be found in our Archive.

Made Possible By

This production is made possible, in part, by Barbara A. Wolfe; John A. and Cynthia Fry Gunn; Burgess and Elizabeth Jamieson; the Edumund W. and Jeannik Mequet Littlefield Fund; Jan Shrem and Maria Manetti Shrem; and the Thomas Tilton Production Fund.


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