Mary Dibbern will join Carol Minnetti and Olaf Pfannkuch for Tuesday’s live radio broadcast, Bonjour Minnesota. (February 22, 2011). She will speak to the Francophone community (with English sprinkled in!) about the upcoming Minnesota Opera production of La Traviata. She will also narrate and play excerpts from Verdi’s opera in an historic recording with Anna Moffo as Violetta, Richard Tucker as Alfredo and Robert Merrill as Germont.
La traviata was a scandal, and was censored in both France and England….both church and the press found it to be “immoral and hideous”. It survived this rocky beginning to become one of the most beloved, and elegant, operas ever written. Please join us at 8pm to hear some beautiful music and entertaining stories at KFAI (90.3 FM Minneapolis and 106.7 FM St. Paul).
And don’t forget to come to Alliance Française on Thursday (February 24) to hear The True Story of La Traviata. Mary Dibbern will present (in French, Intermediate Level or above) the story of Alexandre Dumas fils, a young novelist who fell madly in love with a courtesan . . . Marie Duplessis (aka Alphonsine Plessis), and after her death wrote in only three weeks what was to become one of the most famous novels of the 19th century, The Lady of the Camellias, which a year later was transformed into Verdi’s opera, La traviata.
This lecture is free and open to the public. It will be followed by wine and cheese. It starts at 6pm at the Alliance headquarters located at 113 N. 1st St, Minneapolis, 55401-1411.