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Violetta Valéry knows that she will die soon, exhausted by her restless life as a courtesan. At a party she is introduced to Alfredo Germont, who has been fascinated by her for a long time. Rumor has it that he has been enquiring about her health every day. The guests are amused by this seemingly naïve and emotional attitude, and they ask Alfredo to propose a toast. He celebrates true love, and Violetta responds in praise of free love. She is touched by his candid manner and honesty. Suddenly she feels faint, and the guests withdraw.

Only Alfredo remains behind and declares his love. There is no place for such feelings in her life, Violetta replies. But she gives him a camellia, asking him to return when the flower has faded. He realizes this means he will see her again the following day. Alone, Violetta is torn by conflicting emotions—she doesn’t want to give up her way of life, but at the same time she feels that Alfredo has awakened her desire to be truly loved.


Conductor: Yves Abel

Director: Alain Gauthier

Associate Conductor / Chorus Director: Leslie Dala

Assistant Director & Choreographer: Tracey Power

Scenic & Costume Designer: Christina Poddubiuk

Lighting Designer: Kevin Lamotte

Wig Builder: Christine Hackman

Wig Sylist: Dianne Holme

Makeup Designer: Carmen Garcia

Head of Wardrobe: Parvin Mirhady

Stage Manager: Marijka Asbeek Brusse

Principal Répétiteur / Assistant Chorus Director: Kinza Tyrrell

Musical Preparation: Andrea Van Pelt

Assistant Lighting Designer: Sophie Tang

Assistant Stage Manager: Rebecca Mulvihill

Assistant Stage Manager: Michelle Harrison


In order of vocal appearance

Emily Dorn as Violetta Valéry

Nicholas Borg as Baron Douphol

Andrew Haji as Alfredo Germont

Chenye Yuan as Giorgio Germont

Gena van Oosten as Flora Bervoix

Angus Bell as Doctor Grenvil

Irina Medvedeva as Annina

Kevin Armstrong as Messenger

Willy Miles-Grenzberg as Marchese d’Obign

Daevyd Pepper as Gastone de Letorières

Sergio Augusto as Giuseppe

Brandon Thornhill as Flora's Servant

With the Vancouver Opera Chorus and the Vancouver Opera Orchestra.