Houston Grand Opera broadcasts continue on Classical 90.5 at noon this Saturday, November 10th, with a performance of La traviata by Giuseppi Verdi, with an Italian libretto by Francesco Maria Piave. The performance will run approximately two hours and four minutes. Patrick Summers conducts.

The story of Violetta Valéry, a beautiful but mortally ill courtesan, has defined romantic tragedy ever since the Dumas novel that inspired it -La dame aux camellias—appeared in 1848. Violetta falls in love with Alfredo Germont and forsakes her glamorous life in Paris to live with him in the country. When his father convinces her that the affair is harming the family's reputation, she selflessly gives up Alfredo, but without telling him the true reason. Alfredo learns of her sacrifice too late.

THE CAST
Violetta Valéry: Albina Shagimuratova
Flora Bervoix: Catherine Martin
Marquese d'Obigny: Mark Diamond
Baron Douphol: Boris Dyakov
Doctor Grenvil: Nicholas Masters
Gastone, Vicomte de Letourières: Scott Quinn
Alfredo Germont: Chad Shelton
Annina: Brittany Wheeler
Giuseppe/Flora's Servant: Brendan Tuohy
Giorgio Germont: Giovanni Meoni