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The New Jersey Performing Arts Center of Newark is a relatively new facility in a diversely populated area where opera is a family affair. Some of the attendees took advantage of the early curtain for a familiar opera on Friday night 10 March 2006, and brought their children to this sold out performance.

Marina Viskvorkina as Violetta, with members of the chorus, in Teatro Lirico d'Europa's 'La Traviata'
Marina Viskvorkina as Violetta, with members of the chorus, in Teatro Lirico d'Europa's 'La Traviata'

La Traviata is a unique opera that needs a singer with true star quality for the role of Violetta. Ukrainian soprano Marina Viskvorkina, who sang the role with Teatro Lirico d'Europa on this occasion, filled the bill to perfection. A slim, attractive blonde who regularly sings at the Prague State Opera, and has performed this role at the Vienna State Opera, Viskvorkina has the necessary appearance of fragility for this heroine. Her voice, however, is robust and she has both the precise coloratura for Act I and the plaintive tones for the rest of the tragic work. She lit up the stage with her charisma as she made the world of the nineteenth century courtesan come alive.

Marina Viskvorkina as Violetta and Vladimir Samsonov as Giorgio Germant in Act II of 'La Traviata'
Marina Viskvorkina as Violetta and Vladimir Samsonov as Giorgio Germant in Act II of 'La Traviata'

Teatro Lirico's straight forward, traditional production was directed by the company's artistic director, Giorgio Lalov. The effective, practical scenery was by Valentine Topencharov as were the costumes, some of them unusually ornate for a touring production.

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