Thank you so much to Mike Silverman of the Associated Press for interviewing me about my return to the Metropolitan Opera this season in MANON and LA TRAVIATA.
She also had her doubts about the character of the heroine, who abandons her first lover, the Chevalier des Grieux, to pursue riches and ultimately dies destitute.
“When I first read through it my thought was, ‘Oh, what a jerk. Who cares if she dies,’” Oropesa said. But her view softened as she studied the part.
“She just doesn’t love him as much as other things she wants a little more. She wants to have her cake and eat it, too, and there’s nothing wrong with that. You have to make her, not sympathetic, but real.”