"Stage director Stephanie Havey treated the story of the courtesan with veristic realism. When Violetta asked Alfredo’s father for an embrace to give her strength, she grabbed him emotionally but he remained stiff. When Alfredo realized that his father had chased away his lover, he pounded forcefully on the elder man’s chest. This opera evokes strong emotion and Havey used it most effectively. . . This was one of the best performances Arizona Opera has mounted lately and I hope it will help to grow opera audiences in Phoenix and Tucson." -OperaWire
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