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Opera Idaho: La Traviata

Friday, Jan. 29 and Sunday, Jan. 31

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Idaho native Cecilia Violetta Lopez is living proof that Sesame Street works. The soprano, who said she learned English from watching the long-running PBS show, made her professional debut in Opera Idaho's Rigoletto and went on to a position as an understudy in the Metropolitan Opera's production of The Merry Widow.

Lopez returns to Boise and Opera Idaho in Verdi's La Traviata, the bittersweet story of Violetta, a young courtesan, and Alfredo, a young man who is pure of heart (Joshua Dennis). Deeply in love, Violetta and Alfredo run away together but Violetta's past catches up with them, turning their blissful new life into a tragedy.