Lauren Flanigan as Violetta in Act I of La traviata.
Photo by Greg Eastman; courtesy of Seattle Opera.
by John Soltys
Seattle Opera's latest production, Giuseppe Verdi's La traviata, opened July 24 to mixed reactions.
The score was flawless in composition and performance, but an unbalanced cast left the audience distracted through the first three acts.
Violetta (Lauren Flanigan) dominated the stage with tremendous range, though she sometimes seemed to not fit the part of the young courtesan.
Alfredo (Paul Charles Clarke) was dwarfed by Flanigan's power and didn't come into his own until the fourth and final act.
Gordon Hawkins as Alfredo's father, on the other hand, was magnificent in his confrontation with Violetta in the third act.
The scenery and costumes were impeccable as always, designed by Desmond Heeley for the Lyric Opera of Chicago.
La traviata runs through Aug. 10. Tickets are available through Ticketmaster or the Opera Box Office.