Muddy River Opera to present Verdi’s masterpiece La Traviata twice in June at JWCC

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Penelope Shumate, soprano, left, will play the role of Violetta, and Ganson Salmon, tenor, will play the role of Alfredo when La Traviata takes the stage in June. | Photos courtesy of Muddy River Opera

QUINCY — Muddy River Opera’s performances of its upcoming production of Giuseppe Verdi’s timeless classic, “La Traviata,” will be held at 7 p.m. on Friday, June 28, and at 2 p.m. on Sunday, June 30, in the Mary Orr Auditorium at John Wood Community College.

Based on a play by Alexandre Dumas, this opera has captivated audiences for generations and served as inspiration for numerous works of pop culture, including “Moulin Rouge” and “Pretty Woman.”

“La Traviata” features one of the most iconic, romantic and tragic scores of all time, contrasting spectacular party scenes with tender, intimate moments. The opera tells the story of the tragic love between the courtesan Violetta and the romantic Alfredo. Penelope Shumate, soprano, will play the role of Violetta. Ganson Salmon, tenor, will play the role of Alfredo.

Set against the backdrop of upper-class fashionable society, their love threatens to shame Alfredo’s family. When his father appeals to Violetta to relinquish her chance of happiness, her act of self-sacrifice costs her the ultimate price.

This performance is free to the public. Visit https://muddyriveropera.org/current-season for additional details and to reserve tickets. For more information, email info@muddyriveropera.org or call 573-503-1388.

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