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La Traviata comes with star power from the Met Live in HD

By Ridgefield Playhouse

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Live in HD from the Met, it’s Verdi’s La Traviata starring world-class French diva Natalie Dessay on Saturday, April 14, at 1 p.m. & 6 p.m. at The Ridgefield
The Ridgefield Playhouse will present Verdi’s La Traviata Live in HD from the Met on Saturday, April 14, at 1 p.m. & 6 p.m. French diva Natalie Dessay portrays Violetta in what critics are calling a magnificent performance and production. To make it a dinner-and-opera night out, Sarah’s Wine Bar (upstairs at Bernard’s, 22 West Lane in Ridgefield) is offering a free glass of wine with dinner, and Bernard’s has created an opera prix-fixe menu when tickets are presented. Reservations are suggested at Bernard’s. The Met Live in HD series is underwritten by Barker Welfare Foundation, Lori and John Berisford, Jeanne Cook, Anita and Nick Donofrio, The Goldstone Foundation, IBM, Madeline and Fritz Jelinek, Valerie and Greg Jensen, Marilyn and Joe Kreitz, Aline Lawrence, Joanne and John Patrick, Patricia and Stephen Ross, Daniela Sikora and Keitha Kinne, Sabina and Walter Slavin, Mike Taylor and Steve Zemo.

Direct from the stage of the Met with behind-the-scenes interviews and a tour of the grand opera house, La Traviata features Natalie Dessay who will put on the red dress to portray Violetta. Dessay is one of today’s most popular divas who thrills audiences with her voice and acting. Matthew Polenzani sings Alfredo, Dmitri Hvorostovsky is Germont, and Fabio Luisi is on the podium.

The Denver Post exclaimed that Natalie Dessay “… possesses commanding technique, handling the role's coloratura demands with seemingly effortless aplomb. Rather than mere flash and power, this effervescent singer works her magic with extraordinary vocal complexity, achieving an amazing range of emotional shadings with her pure, lilting voice….She brings the role vividly to life with boundless energy and a kinetic physicality, scampering across the stage, kicking up her legs and burrowing herself in a swirling, fuchsia dress.”

For tickets ($25 for adults and $20 for members, seniors and students only available by calling the box office), call (203) 438-5795 or order online at The Ridgefield Playhouse is a not-for-profit performing arts center located at 80 East Ridge, parallel to Main St., Ridgefield, CT.

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