The DIA’s Detroit Film Theatre presents an extraordinary series of new opera performances from around the world, including such storied locations as La Scala, presented uncut in high-definition projection with English subtitles.
Giuseppi Verdi’s La Traviata, presented from the stage of Teatro alla Scala, the world’s most famous opera house, was inspired by Alexandre Dumas’ The Lady of the Camelias; the opera’s title means literally “The Woman Who Strayed.” Courtesan Violetta Valéry (Angela Gheorghiu in her highly anticipated La Scala debut) meets a new admirer, Alfredo Germont (Ramón Vargas), who confesses his love. Trouble intrudes with Alfredo's father who demands she renounce his son, since the scandal of Alfredo's affair with her has threatened his daughter's engagement. Staged for la Scala by Liliana Cavani (The Night Porter, Ripley’s Game), conducted by Lorin Maazel, and featuring Natascha Petrinsky and Tiziana Tramonti. Tickets are $20, and $18 for DIA members, students and seniors.