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Stephen Powell was a fine Germont with a robust voice, a smooth legato and a solid vocal technique. Like the leading couple, he made his character real and, from the standpoint of Victorian morals, understandable. In this production, the sweet young daughter whose fiancé would leave her if Alfredo continued his liaison with Violetta was seen on stage.

Alexandra Deshorties as Violetta and Sean Panikkar as Alfredo in the final scene of 'La Traviata'. Photo © 2008 Scott Humbert
Alexandra Deshorties as Violetta and Sean Panikkar as Alfredo in the final scene of 'La Traviata'. Photo © 2008 Scott Humbert

Members of the Arizona Opera's Marion Roose Pullin Studio portrayed some of the smaller parts. Chloé Moore was a sultry Flora and James Flora was an energetic Gastone. As Baron Douphol, Andrew Gray sang with dark tonal colors. Juan Aguirre was a stentorian Dr Grenvil and Olga Perez was a sympathetic Annina.

The death of Violetta (Alexandra Deshorties) with Alfredo (Sean Panikkar) and Germont (Stephen Powell) in the final scene of Arizona Opera's 'La Traviata'. Photo © 2008 Scott Humbert
The death of Violetta (Alexandra Deshorties) with Alfredo (Sean Panikkar) and Germont (Stephen Powell) in the final scene of Arizona Opera's 'La Traviata'. Photo © 2008 Scott Humbert

Conductor Joel Revson shaped the orchestral sound with infectious verve and captured the soul of Verdi's music. This was an unusual production that combined the traditional with some new thinking and most definitely provided some insight into its familiar characters.

Copyright © 4 May 2008 Maria Nockin, Arizona USA

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