Verdi classic “La Traviata” includes a diverse international crew

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The six salvos of the famous “La Traviata” opera by Italian composer Giuseppe Verdi will be directed by U.S. conductor Arthur Fagen, according to the cultural ministry.

Fagen, is the principal director of the Atlanta Opera in the U.S. state of Georgia, the Ministerio de Cultura y Juventud said in a statement. He has presented more than 70 operas in his career that catapulted him to places such as the Metropolitan Opera of New York, Teatro Massimo de Palermo, the Chicago Opera and the French Bordeaux opera.

The cast for the bombastic piece includes a mix of mainly Costa Ricans but also an Italian and Cuban-American, organizers said. The latter is Elizabeth Caballero, a soprano voice, who will play the leading female role of Violetta Valéry.

The opera will be done in three acts beginning July 23 at the Teatro Popular Melico Salazar, the cultural ministry said. The Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional and the Coro Sinfónico Nacional are expected to lend its help to this production whose members, beyond the performers and director, come from a variety of nationalities.

The cast and crew were selected by the Costa Rican Compañía Lírica Nacional.

More details as to ticket prices and the production itself are expected in June, the cultural ministry said.

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