La Traviata headlines a month of Outer Banks cultural events.
La Traviata, a free performance coming to the Outer Banks February 2.

“La Traviata,”is about as classic an opera as there could be. We had mentioned in an earlier post that will be performed on the First First Flight High School stage in Kill Devil Hills, but this is such a big deal that it’s worth mentioning again.

The performers in this production are some of the up and coming voices in the world of opera, including Manteo native, Tshombe Selby, who will perform the role of Alfredo, the male lead.

The opera has elements that clearly stamp it as 19th century, but the underlying theme is very modern.

The La Traviata Story

At the heart of the story is Violetta, a beautiful woman—sophisticated and worldly.

But young Alfredo is enamored of the courtesan, and he proposes a counter toast that speaks of true love.

Violetta responds, informing the gathering at the party that she believes it is her right to choose her lover at will.

Yet there is something about Alfredo that appeals to her, and the couple become lovers, facing the bitter opposition of Alfredo’s father, Giorgio.

What follows is a parent believing that his intercession will save his child from himself, but is ultimately doomed to failure.

The play ends as Violetta dies of consumption—we now know the disease as tuberculosis. Yet all is not tragic as Alfredo is able to reunite with her at the last moment.

Melodramatic….yes. Sung in Italian…absolutely. Nonetheless, this is a rare opportunity to be a part of something special.

And the best part is La Traviata is free.

Brought to the Outer Banks by Elizabeth R & Company, working with the Bryan Cultural Series, there will be no admission charge.

Although The 7:30 p.m. performance at First Flight High School in Kill Devil Hills is free. reservations are required. Call 252-473-1061 for reservations or information.

Brindley Beach Vacations highly recommends this performance.