La Traviata - 1979

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The UCLA Department of Music
and the Committee on Fine Arts Productions present

The UCLA Opera Theater and University Symphony Orchestra

Samuel Krachmalnick, Director
John Hall, Stage Director

La Traviata

Based on “La Dame aux Camélias” by Alexandre Dumas the Younger
An Opera in Four Acts

Libretto by Francesco Maria Piave
Music by Giuseppe Verdi

Fri. & Sat. Jan. 26, 27 - Feb. 2, 3 - 8 p.m.
Sun. Jan. 28 - Feb. 4 - 2:30 p.m.
Schoenberg Hall

With Scenic and lighting design - Archie Sharp
Costumes - Allison Gail Bixby


Act I

Violetta Valery, a brilliant but frail Parisian courtesan, is holding a magnificent party with her current admirer Baron Douphol. As she greets her glittering guests, one of them, Gastone, introduces a young stranger, Alfredo Germont, to her. Alfredo, who has loved Violetta from the first time he saw her, toasts her beauty in a spirited drinking song (Libiamo). As the guests adjourn to the ballroom, Violetta collapses faint and exhausted. Alfredo returns and confesses his love for her (Un di felice). Violetta, unused to emotion of this intensity, first rejects his advances, but gives him her camellia promising to meet him with Violetta. After her other guests depart, Violetta wonders if Alfredo could give her the true love she has never known (Ah, fors’ è lui). Putting thoughts of love behind her as folly for a woman like herself, she vows to continue her life of pleasure and freedom while Alfredo’s love refrain echoes in the distance (Sempre Libera).

Intermission of 15 Minutes

Act II

Now lovers, Alfredo and Violetta are hiding in a villa outside Paris where he sings of his great happiness (Dé miei boleti spiriti) Annina reveals that her mistress has been forced to sell her possessions to pay for their country hide-away. Alfredo, distraught and ashamed, resolves to leave for Paris to assume responsibility for their affairs. Violetta, looking for Alfredo receives an invitation to her friend Flora’s masquerade party. Before she can reply, Giorgio Germont, Alfredo’s father arrives in search of his son. Although moved by Violetta’s gentle dignity, Germont asks her to renounce his son, whose relationship with Violetta threatens to ruin the marriage of his daughter (Pura siccome un Angelo). Violetta refuses until the elder Germont insinuates that Alfredo’s infatuation with a woman of her kind will fade in time. Tearfully, Violetta agrees to Germont’s demands (Dite alla giovine) and accepts Flora’s invitation; she writes a goodbye to Alfredo. Her lover enters unaware that his father has met Violetta, he cannot understand her nervousness and hurried departure. When he reads Violetta’s farewell note the elder Germont returns and begs his son to come to their home in Provence and forget (Di Provenza il mar, il suol…). But Alfredo, seeing Flora’s invitation, suspects Violetta has taken another lover and leaves in pursuit.

Intermission of 15 Minutes


Word of Violetta’s separation spreads at Flora’s masquerade. To entertain her guests, Flora has planned a diversion of gypsy fortune telling and Spanish dance (Noi siamo zingarelle…). Unexpectedly, Alfredo enters and begins to gamble large amounts. Nervously, Flora greets the arrival of Violetta escorted by the Baron Douphol, her previous lover. The Baron challenges Alfredo to leave and warns him of the Baron’s volatile temper. She pretends to love Douphol hoping Alfredo will leave. Instead, Alfredo calls back the quests and public denounces Violetta repaying his debts to her with his winnings of the evening (Ogni suo aver tal femmina). The elder Germont, who has just arrived in search of Alfredo, rebukes his son for his insulting behavior toward Violetta. And the Baron Douphol challenges Alfredo to a duel (Di sprezzo degno se stesso rende…).

Intermission of 15 Minutes

Act IV

Months later, sick, poor and alone, Violetta rests in the remnants of her once splendid Parisian home. Her faithful friend, Dr. Grenvil tells Annina that her mistress may only live a few hours more. Violetta re-reads a letter from Germont who tells that Alfredo wounded Baron Douphol in a duel and is now in exile. Germont has told his son the true story of Violetta’s sacrifice and Alfredo is returning to her. Violetta, knowing any reunion will now be too late says goodbye to the past (Addio del passato). A group of Mardi Gras revelers sing outside and Annima rushes in announcing Alfredo’s return. Together they lovers plan to leave Paris forever (Parigi, o cara), but Violetta is too weak to continue. Annina leaves for the doctor while Violetta appeals to God to grant Alfredo happiness (Ah! gran Dio! morir st giovine). Germont and the doctor enter, but realize there is little to be done. Dying, Violetta gives Alfredo a medallion to remember her (Prendi, quest´ é l’immagine). Suddenly, filled with feverish joy, she cries that her pain is gone; she feels new strength. Happily she turns to Alfredo only to collapse dead at her lover’s feet. - John Hall


Leslie Barewald
Cathy Campbell
Susan Casey
Judy Dubin
Ruth Dubin
Perry Fredgant
Albert Gonzales
Marc Gottesman
Elaine Helfman
Beth Hubbard
Caron Kass
Olesia Korin
Cheryl Lackman

Jennifer Lopez
Michelle Makino
Paul Malamphy
Sharon Paul
Cathy Richards
Kenneth Rosenblatt
Suzanne Scherr
Maria Scott
David Snow
Tara Starr
Katy Wogec
Joretta Wright

Ty Tasker and Kevin Walsh


Violetta Valery, a Parisian courtesan
Starleigh Goltry (26, 28, 3)
Deborah Aston (27, 2, 4)

Flora Bervoix, her friend and confidante
Susan LaCroix (26, 28, 3)
Debra Patchell (27, 2, 4)

Annina, Violetta’s maid
Amelia Triest (26, 28, 3)
Mary Agnes Jones (27, 2, 4)

Alfredo Germont, in love with Violetta
Ron Gonzales (26, 28, 3)
Vincent Pirillo (27, 2, 4)

Giorgio Germont, his father
Peter Atherton (26, 28, 3)
Wayne Eikenberry (27, 2, 4)

Gastone, Viscount of Letorieres,
friend of Violetta’s
Scott Swope (26, 3)
Richard Horne ((28)
Terrence Slavin (27, 4)
James Canning (2)

Baron Douphol, in love with Violetta
Steven J. Berman

Marquis d’Obigny, friend of Violetta’s
Peter Juda

Doctor Grenvil, friend of Violetta’s
Yoav Steve Paskowitz

Giuseppe, Violetta’s servant
Millard Roth

Dancers for Act III Ballet
Anne Kramer
Janet Rosten
Gail Simmons
Circe Tappia


*Alexander Treger, Concertmaster
*Shirley Marcus
Kurt Archuleta
Sherri Bann
William Casey
Lael Carlson
Mary Decker
Tobah Gass
Charlotte Gertz
Kerri Gertz
Marjorie Hallstrom
Andrea Halperin
Claire Jacobs
Eric Kujawsky
Paul Lindenauer
Henry McGee
Erin McFadden
Alan Ragins
Susan Rodebaugh
Mark Saliman
Lynn Sciarrotta
Mary Ann Sereth
Joni Takuma
Kathy Vanderveer
Lorraine Wetterau
Cindy Wong

*Sven Reher
Juan Barfield
Karen Kansky
Kim McLean
Elizabeth Plyler
Steve Sloane

Alan Black
Deborah Janson
Sandra Janusch
Christine Johnson
Howard Katz
Erin Kim
Luanne Langevin
Jurate Raulinaitis
Wayne Smith
Valerie Solomon
Thomas Sturges
Manyann Tapiro
Tom Terwilligen
Ralph Wilcox

*Peter Mercurio
*Jan Maegaard
Anna Cohen
Bruce Morgenthaler
Eric Von Essen

Esther Adler
Mark Carlson
Karin Hoesli
Jane Sime

Ned Doehne
Mark Howard
Darwin Scott

Cathy Box
Daniel Kalman
Robert Read
David Schorr
Daryll Stevens

Lynn Bonicelli
Bruce Michael
Scott Vigder

French Horn:
*Aubrey Bouck
Gerald Borts
Carl Cole
Chris Condron
Gordon Fairbairn
Anne Rector
Gerald Simon

Robert Frear
Rich Ramsey
Brian Recht
Eric Wright

Kenton Klingbeil
Bill McDaniel
David Wilson

James Arnwine
Douglas Gross

Timpani and Percussion:
Gregory Goodall
Jennifer Judkins
John Spence

Kathleen Moon

*UCLA Music Faculty


Soprano DEBORAH ASTON comes from Des Moines, Iowa, where she performed Pousette in Massenet’s Manon. A resident of California for the past 2 1/2 years she has appeared in Suor Angelica and Carmen. Violetta is Deborah’s debut with the UCLA Opera Theater.

PETER ATHERTON was Marcello in last year’s UCLA Opera Theater’s production of La Bohème. A regional finalist of the San Francisco Opera Debut Auditions, Peter was invited to the Merola Opera Program last summer where he performed Sharpless in Madama Butterfly and Enrico in Lucia di Lammermoor.

Baron Douphol, the other man in La Traviata, is performed by STEVE J. BERMAN. Born in St. Louis, he has studied voice in Philadelphia and Southern California where he has performed St. Brioche in The Merry Widow and Count Almaviva in The Marriage of Figaro. Steven makes his first appearance with the UCLA Opera Theater with this production.

Movie audiences may remember JAMES CANNING in the recently released film The Boys from Company C. An actor who loves to sing, Mr. Canning comes from Chicago and makes his UCLA debut as Gastone. Earlier this season he performed Tybalt in Gounod’s Romeo and Juliet with the Los Angeles Opera Studio.

Winner of the Metropolitan Opera Regional Auditions in 1976, WAYNE EIKENBERRY has appeared with the Lyric Opera of Orange County, in Madama Butterfly at the Greek Theater, and with the William Hall and Irvine Master Chorales. He is also baritoe soloist for the “Hour of Power” from Garden Grove Community Church.

Born in Riverside, California, soprano STARLEIGH GOLTRY was. a regional finalist in last year’s San Francisco Opera Debut Auditions. While at UCLA she has performed Suor Angelica by Puccini and three Mozart roles: the Countess in The Marriage of Figaro, Fiordiligi in Così fan tutte, and the Queen of the Night in The Magic Flute, a role she has also performed with the Music Academy of the West and the Pacific West Coast and Hidden Valley Opera Companies.

Alfredo is tenor RONALD GONZALES’ secord role at UCLA; he made his Opera Theater debut as Rodolfo in last season’s La Bohème. He first became interested in opera in Fresno, California, where he performed Don Jose in Carmen.

RICHARD HORNE first appeared at UCLA as Gherardo in Gianni Schicchi. Since that time we have enjoyed his portrayals of Ferrando in Così fan tutte, Monostatos in The Magic Flute and Parpignol in La Bohème.

Annina is a debut for soprano MARY AGNES JONES who is a music teacher at Providence High School. She joined UCLA Opera Theater last Fall.

Basso PETER JUDA makes his first operatic appearance in this produciton. A doctoral candidate in Geology at UCLA, Peter has sung with the UCLA Madrigal Singers and in the UCA production of South Pacific.

Last year mezzo-soprano SUSAN LA CROIX performed Dorabella in the UCLA production of Così fan tutte. She was also a member of the Los Angeles Guild Opera’s production of The Magic Flute.

YOAV STEVE PASKOWITZ sang two roles with the UCLA Opera Theater last year, Benoit in La Bohème and Don Alfonso in Così fan tutte. A UCLA Music major he performs his Senior Recital in the Little Theater in March.

While this is DEBORAH PATCHELL’S first appearance with the Opera Theater, UCLA first heard her sing with the University Chorus in the Schubert Mass in E Flat last November.

VINCENT PIRILLO’S recent performances include Romeo in Gounod’s Romeo and Juliet at the Globe Theater, Lionel in Martha, and South Pacific with the Glendale Civic Light Opera.

Mozart and Gounod kept tenor TERRENCE SLAVIN busy this year, as Monostatos in the Guild Opera production of The Magic Flute and Romeo in Romeo and Juliet wit the Los Angeles Opera Studio. This is his UCLA Opera Theater debut.

SCOTT SWOPE delighted UCLA audiences with his portrayal of two roles by Mozart, the Viennese banker Mr. Angel in The Impresario and Ferrando in Così fan tutte. Originally from Portland, Oregon, he studied in Santa Barbara before coming to Los Angeles.

Senior Music major AMELIA TRIEST transferred to UCLA from Berkeley. She first appeared as Pierrot with the Opera Workshop in the rarely performed Ruse d’amour by Lecocq. A member of the ensemble in last year’s La Bohème, Annina is her debut role with the Opera Theater. In Spring quarter, Amelia will give her Senior Recital in the Little Theater.


Samuel Krachmalnick

Stage Director
John Hall

Scenic and Lighting Design
Archie Sharp

Costume Design
Allison Gail Bixby

Roslyn Moore

Musical Preparation
Peggy Sheffield

Bob Deman

Production Coordinator
John Hayes

Assistant to Mr. Sharp
Duane Gardella

Program-Poster Design
Grant Swanlund

Program Preparation
Carol Vane

Press and Publicity
Gail Matsui

Group Ticket Sales
Tippi Kelley

Production Manager
Barbara Burnett

Technical Director
Joseph Ward

Master Electrician
Steve Mitchell

The UCLA Opera Workshop

Samuel Krachmalnick

John Hall

Mario Carta, James Low, Peggy Sheffield
Coaching and Repertoire

Sybil Hast
French and German Diction

Roslyn Moore
Body Movement

Edythe Johnson
Costume Mistress

Darlene Eastman, Susanna Watlink

The UCLA Opera Theater extends special thanks to Tom Golyar at Wes-Lee Frames, Smith and Houchins Interior Furnishings, and to Peter Horton, Director of Bullock’s Westwood Beauty Salon, for their assistance with this production.


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