Love’s jealousy and tragedy |

Love’s jealousy and tragedy

Andrew Harley/Daily A&E Writer
Special to the Daily

Valentine’s Day has passed, but a group of women and men can still be found singing in the valley to express their appreciation and need for each other.Though it’s not the modern traditional Righteous Brothers’ “You’ve Lost That Loving Feeling” with Tom Cruise on bended knee before Kelly McGillis, Teatrico Lirico D’Europa’s production of “La Traviata” Tuesday in Beaver Creek is bound to invoke among the most heartfelt and emotional responses contained within the canon of musical dramas.Giuseppe Verdi’s timeless opera, “La Traviata,” tells the tumultuous love story of Parisian courtesan Violetta Valery and Alfredo Germont.”The music of Verdi is superb. “Traviata’ along with “Carmen’ are the most-performed operas around the world,” said Teatro Lirico D’Europa Artistic Director Giorgio Lalov. “He (Verdi) created the role of Traviata, which is superb. And I’m glad we have a good soprano to perform it.”Melody Alessi of New York takes the soprano role of Valery. Francesco Maria Piave produces the libretto after the play – “La dame aux camellias” by Alexander Dumas.Producing four different operas in the past week and a half, Lalov is traveling from California to bring us “La Traviata.””We have tracks everywhere,” said Lalov. “We are currently doing “Trovatore’ (Verdi) and (Giacomo) Puccini’s “Tosca.'”Teatro Lirico D’Europa is credited as Europe’s largest and most successful touring company. Lalov, a Bulgarian Opera singer, founded the company in 1986. The company saw great success in Europe for many years, and continues to. However, the company did not begin touring the United States until less than six years ago.On its sixth major U.S. tour, Teatro Lirico D’Europa brings an orchestra of 50 players, a chorus of 40 singers, a ballet ensemble and soloists from all over Europe and the United States.”It’s a lot of work to put together a cast. We’re running four different productions at once,” said Lalov. “For each (production), we can’t put the soprano for “Trovatore’ into “Traviata’ at Beaver Creek. They’re different types of sopranos. After so many years, I have a lot of singers in stock. Let’s put it that way.”Along with Alessi in the soprano spot, Lalov has a baritone from Moscow and a tenor from Bremen, Germany.”To manage opera singers is the most difficult thing. I select them because they have the right voices for the particular roles they’re supposed to perform,” said Lalov. “To be an opera singer is not only voice, you have to look like the soprano from “Traviata,’ “Trovatore’ (etc.).”Though Lalov doesn’t ski, he loves the mountains.”We’re excited to come to Beaver Creek because it’s our first performance in Colorado,” said Lalov. “People have told me Beaver Creek is a very beautiful place. I’ve never been there, but I’m excited to see it.””La Traviata” plays at the Vilar Center Tuesday at 7:30 p.m.Andrew Harley can be reached at (970) 949-0555, ext.610, or at

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