New Philharmonic Opening 2018 with Verdi's La Traviata  

Soprano Kathrine Weber stars in Giuseppe Verdi's La Traviata (photo courtesy of New Philharmonic).

New Philharmonic, under the direction of Maestro Kirk Muspratt, will open 2018 with Giuseppe Verdi’s La Traviata, Saturday, January 27 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, January 28 at 3 p.m.  Harry Silverstein will stage the popular and emotionally engaging opera that inspired the popular films Pretty Woman and Moulin Rouge. Sung in Italian with English supertitles, the production will be preceded by a free MAC Chat led by Lucille Mok, assistant professor in Music at the College of DuPage.

La Traviata, or “The Fallen Woman,” is set in lavish 19th-century Paris, and follows the emotional adventure of the desirable, highly intelligent, financially secure yet physically fragile Parisian courtesan, Violetta, and her one true love, Alfredo. Once content with being the object of desire for many men, Violetta finds her heart breaking when she realizes she has to selflessly push away the only man she has ever really loved to save his family’s honor.

The cast for this production stars Chicago’s Katherine R. Weber in the role of Violetta Valery. Weber will be joined by Buffalo, N.Y.’s James Judd (Gastone); Scott Ramsay (Alfredo), Aaron Wardel (Marquis E’Obigny) and Josh Quinn (Baron Douphol); and Glen Ellyn’s own Karen Archbold (Floora). The chorus reflects talents from eight communities from throughout the greater Chicagoland area. Chicago’s Kirk Muspratt will serve as artistic/music director, and Evanston’s Harry Silverstein will direct.

​Performances take place at the McAninch Arts Center, located on the campus of College of DuPage, 425 Fawell Blvd., Saturday, January. 27 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, January 28 at 3 p.m. Tickets are $55. To order concert tickets or more information, call 630.942.4000 or visit