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Photo courtesy of Lyric Opera of Chicago.

Translating the title of La Traviata into English makes “The Fallen Woman” seems quite a curse for a beloved character from our operatic canon. The citizens of the 19th century, for all their Bohemian romantic qualities, judged women quite harshly if they strayed from a proscribed role of dutiful wife and mother. The gracious and erudite courtesan suffered as much or more as the ignoble harlot.

Why Are We Doing La Traviata?

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Just after the end of summer, on September 13th and 15th, OPERA San Antonio will
present Verdi’s La Traviata. This will be OSA’s third Verdi opera, after our 2015 concert
version of Il Trovatore and our 2017 Macbeth. It follows the huge success of La Boheme in May.

La Traviata was Verdi’s 19th opera, written in 1853, right after Rigoletto and Il Trovatore,
Verdi was 40. The title means The Fallen Woman

A Message from the Chairman: La Traviata

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 OPERA San Antonio is very grateful for the support you gave us in coming to La Boheme. We were very pleased at the success of the production. The singing, the spectacle, the magnificent music, and a great audience—all added up to two special evenings.

As chairman of the Board of OPERA San Antonio, I am writing to ask you to come aboard and buy your tickets now for Verdi’s La Traviata on Thursday, September 13th or Saturday, September 15th. 

Opera San Antonio Blog: "In Tune" - Mimi Transformed: Adaptations of La Bohème

La Bohème is over a century old, but in many ways, it’s as fresh as the day it premiered at the Turin opera house on February 1, 1896. While the opera’s lush score is largely to thank for its persistent vitality, its varied adaptations over the years have also played a significant role in introducing Bohème to new audiences and presenting innovative takes on Giacomo Puccini’s magnum opus. 

OPERA San Antonio Blog: "In Tune" - La Bohème: The Critics, the Public and Me

Audiences love it, critics originally hated it, and time has made it a classic. Explore the many unique perspectives and critiques of "La Bohème" from audience members, opera critics and cast members alike.


Meet Jessica Jones! The voice behind Musetta, the flirtatious singer in our upcoming production of La Bohème.

The History of Puccini's La Bohème

What's the story behind La Bohème? Read more to understand Puccini's journey in composing the famous tale of two lovers. 

OPERA San Antonio Blog: "In Tune" - The Scandals of La Bohème

The 1800s were a time of remarkable political upheaval, social change, and artistic flourishing, and the biographies of those who defied society’s mores were far from puritanical. Some would be considered scandalous even by today’s standards. Puccini’s La Bohème, which premiered in 1896 in Turin, Italy, celebrates just that sort of defiance. 

ARTIST SPOTLIGHT: Q&A with Schaunard

Get to know Andrew McLaughlin who plays the role of Schaunard in our upcoming production of La Bohème!

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OPERA San Antonio Blog: "In Tune"

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayor (MGM),1987

See how La Bohème makes guest appearances in movies and shows that we have all seen and love. 

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