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Toronto: The Canadian Opera Company presents Verdi’s “La Traviata” in April and May 2022

Monday, December 20, 2021

The COC begins its Spring season in style with Verdi’s enduring masterpiece, La Traviata. This sumptuous production, helmed by director Arin Arbus, is set in the demi-monde of glittering 1850s Paris, evoking the social realities, rhythms, and debauchery of a rapidly changing society. The classic opera tells the story of Violetta, a courtesan who must decide whether she will sacrifice her love of life for the love of a man, while Violetta’s life quickly fades away.

Making a series of COC debuts are rising New-Zealand based soprano Amina Edris in the role of the opera’s tragic heroine, Violetta; internationally renowned American tenor Matthew Polenzani as her nobleman lover, Alfredo; and Italian baritone Simone Piazzola as Alfredo’s father, Germont. COC Music Director Johannes Debus and Price Family Chorus Master Sandra Horst lead the COC Orchestra and COC Chorus through one of Verdi’s most celebrated and popular scores.

Violetta is the most captivating courtesan in all of Paris—but when she falls in love with a handsome young gentleman, Alfredo Germont, she dares to embrace a different type of life and love.

One of Verdi's most celebrated and popular operas, La Traviata features show-stopping arias and riveting drama. Our acclaimed production brings 1850s Paris to lavish life with spectacular party scenes, gorgeous period costumes, and genuine moments of love and heartbreak. Soprano Amina Edris, one of the most exciting up-and-coming voices on today’s operatic stage, stars as Violetta alongside internationally renowned tenor Matthew Polenzani as Alfredo.

Ticket Information:

April 23, May 1, 3, 7, 12, 18 & 20, 2022


All performances take place at the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts (145 Queen St. W., at University Ave.). Visit for more on single-ticket pricing. Subscriptions to the COC's 2022/2023 season on sale now at

Photo: The COC production of La Traviata with Robert Gleadow and Ekaterina Siurina. © 2015 Michael Cooper.