Joy. Despair. Love. Lavish in every aspect, Verdi's La Traviata recounts in music the tragic love story that has melted hearts for over 150 years. Violetta Valéry (Natalie Dessay), one of the most psychologically complex characters in opera, is the toast of every party and one of the most desired courtesans in lively 19th century Paris. But Violetta is gravely ill and cannot imagine truly falling in love until the passionate persistence of the charming Alfredo Germont (Matthew Polenzani) finally wins her heart.

Encore performances on May 26, 2012 and June 4, 2012.

Fabio Luisi, Willy Decker
The Metropolitan Opera
Natalie Dessay, Matthew Polenzani, Dmitri Hvorostovsky