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Opera San Antonio opens its season at the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts this Thursday and Saturday night with “La Traviata,” a doomed romance by Giuseppe Verdi that’s nevertheless full of life. It’s one of the most popular works in the operatic repertoire.

Baritone Weston Hurt, from Texas, plays the role of Giorgio Germont, father to Alfredo, played by San Antonio native David Portillo. In the story, Germont is the one who tries to keep Alfredo and his love, Violetta, apart.

David Gonzalez / Contributed Photo

The is weekend here, and music events are planned throughout the city.


The #MeToo movement has been a cultural reckoning across industries, from Hollywood to restaurants — but one of the oldest that's been affected is classical music. In March, James Levine, a longtime conductor of the Metropolitan Opera in New York City, was fired for allegations of sexual misconduct. And now, centuries-old works from Carmen to Don Giovanni are being challenged for misogynistic plots and themes.

The myriad stories about Swedish soprano Birgit Nilsson usually fall into two groups: the ones about her enormous, laser-focused voice and those about her rapier-sharp wit.

The Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire of 1911 was an industrial disaster that killed 146 garment workers in New York City. The fire became a touchstone for the labor movement of the 20th century. An opera inspired by the disaster tells the story from a different point of view and it's getting a special type of New York debut.

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