NACOGDOCHES – The Stephen F. Austin State University Schools of
Music and Theatre’s upcoming production of Giuseppe Verdi’s “La
Traviata” provides the perfect opportunity for audience members to
experience the emotion and excitement of live opera, according to Dr.
Deborah Dalton, SFA associate professor of voice and the production’s
“The elements of love, duty, sacrifice, death and redemption are all
found in the story line, and SFA’s finest student vocalists will be
singing the glorious score in English. Additionally, supertitles will
be projected above the stage for the audience members who would like to
read the libretto as it is being sung,” Dalton continued. “It’s a
perfect opportunity for experienced opera goers as well as first-time
The cast of over 40 vocal students and a 30-member student orchestra
will present the opera at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 19, through
Saturday, April 21, in W.M. Turner Auditorium.
Based on “La dame aux Camélias,” a play adapted from a novel by
Alexandre Dumas, the opera revolves around Violetta, a Parisian
courtesan who is stricken with consumption, and her suitor Alfredo,
whose father is opposed to the union.
Dalton said she is pleased with all elements of the production. “The
voices and the singing are among the finest you will hear anywhere, and
the set designed by SFA Assistant Professor of Theatre Dana Gloege
provides a unique look for each scene with Art Nouveau opulent colors
“Because the cast is so large, we rented most of the costumes,” Dalton
explained. “But costume professor Angela Bacarisse, along with shop
manager Barbara Blackwell and the costume crew have built several of
the ladies’ gowns. If it ‘takes a village’ to raise a child, then
putting an opera on its feet surely takes a small country!”
The opera, which is a part of the 2011-2012 University Series, is a
joint presentation of the SFA College of Fine Arts, School of Music and
School of Theatre.
Prior to the April 19 performance, Dalton will give an informative talk
at 7 p.m. in Griffith Gallery, directly across the hall from Turner
Auditorium. The audience is invited back to the gallery after the
performance for a reception honoring the event’s corporate sponsor,
Point A Media, and to meet the cast.
Griffith Gallery and Turner Auditorium are located in the Griffith Fine
Arts Building, 2222 Alumni Drive on the SFA campus.
Tickets are $18 for adults, $12 for seniors and $6 for students. For
tickets or more information, please go to www.finearts.sfasu.edu or
call (936) 468-6407 or (888) 240-ARTS.