The 2018-2019 Metropolitan Opera’s Live-in-HD season of broadcasts from Lincoln Center to the Strand Theatre continues Saturday, Dec. 15, at 1 p.m. with a simulcast of Verdi’s “La Traviata.” An encore broadcast will be presented Wednesday, Dec. 26, at 1 p.m. at the downtown theater, 345 Main St.

Yannick Nézet-Séguin conducts Michael Mayer’s richly textured new production, featuring a dazzling 18th-century setting that changes with the seasons. Soprano Diana Damrau plays the tragic heroine, Violetta; and tenor Juan Diego Flórez returns to the Met for the first time in five seasons to sing the role of Alfredo, Violetta’s hapless lover. Baritone Quinn Kelsey is Alfredo’s father, Germont, who destroys their love.

“La Traviata” premiered in 1853 at the Teatro la Fenice in Venice, surviving a notoriously unsuccessful opening night to become one of the best-loved operas in the repertoire. Following the larger-scale dramas of “Rigoletto” and “Il Trovatore,” its intimate scope and subject matter inspired the composer to create some of his most profound and heartfelt music. The title “fallen woman” role has captured the imaginations of audiences and performers alike with its inexhaustible vocal and dramatic possibilities and challenges. Violetta is considered a pinnacle of the soprano repertoire.

“La Traviata” is sung in Italian with Met titles in English and runs a little over three hours, including two 30-minute intermissions. Tickets are $27, $15 for students younger than 19 and for college students with ID. They are available at or 594-0070. Encore show tickets, available day-of-show, are $23/$5. For more information, call, visit the website or email

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