La Traviata Comes to the Outer Banks Stage

Manteo native Tshombe Selby will perform one of the title roles in Verdi's La Traviata.
Manteo native Tshombe Selby will perform one of the title roles in Verdi’s La Traviata.

Local Tenor Tshombe Selby in Male Title Role

La Traviata is classic opera in the truest sense of the word, and the Outer Banks is about to experience Verdi’s classic tale of love and betrayal. La Traviata is classic opera in the truest sense of the word, and the Outer Banks is about to experience Verdi’s classic tale of love and betrayal. Brought to the First Flight High School stage by Elizabeth R & Company, there will be one performance on February 2. 

The best part is it’s free.

This performance should be memorable. The cast, featuring Manteo born and raised performer Tshombe Selby, represents a remarkable talent of young up and coming opera performers.

Elizabeth R & Company was able to work with other donors, including the Bryan Cultural Series and the Meekins Trust to bring La Traviata to the Outer Banks.

The production includes a set design created just for this Outer Banks performance, classic wardrobe and a live orchestra. The live orchestra should take what promises to be a powerful evening of music to the next level.

The chorus will be comprised of eight Outer Banks vocalists.

Although the performance will be in Italian, the audience should be able to follow the plot through the action on stage.

Violetta,  Sarah Cooper, is a beautiful courtesan—a femme fatale, perhaps—who knows she is dying. She sings of free love and her desire to be with any man she chooses.

But Alfredo, Tshombe Selby, has been smitten by her for some time and when, at a party he sings of his devotion to her, her heart goes out to him. 

What follows is a story of love, misunderstanding and ultimate tragedy. The father of Alfredo is bitterly opposed to the relationship and his interference leads to a disastrous climax. But what makes the opera so memorable is Verdi’s music that is some of the most accessible opera composition ever written.

La Traviata is one of the most performed operas in the world, and for good reason—the music is wonderful and the story and themes compelling.

The performance is free, but reservations are required. Call 252-473-1061 for availability.

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