McALLEN -- South Texas Lyric Opera, sponsored in part by South Texas College, concludes its sixth season on Thursday, May 26 and Sunday, May 29, with the most acclaimed work of Verdi, “La Traviata.” Once again, Maestro Mazias de Oliveira, founder and general director, brings professional soloists from Brazil and around the country to perform with the opera chorus, ballet and orchestra from the Rio Grande Valley.

“Originally produced in 1853, La Traviata was considered so shocking that the setting was moved a century earlier,” explained de Oliveira. “Today, this timeless love story still has the power to deeply affect its audiences with some of opera’s most beloved melodies as featured in Hollywood movie ‘Pretty Woman.’”

“La Traviata” is a dramatic story of love and ultimate sacrifice set in nineteenth century France. The show portrays the tragic tale of Violetta Valery, a successful and experienced Parisian courtesan. Ill with consumption, the last thing on Violetta’s mind is love. However she falls for Alfredo, a young French nobleman. The lovers defy societal dictates, but their bliss is shattered when his father warns that the affair must end to maintain the honor of Alfredo’s family. Amidst agony and despair, Violetta must make a decision.

“Audiences will cherish attending this performance, which takes patrons on an emotional roller coaster ride,” added de Oliveira. “The acting and vocal performances will make their mark on your soul.”

Edlyn de Oliveira, a nationally acclaimed soprano plays Violetta in the production. She has performed with the Knoxville Opera, the Seattle Opera and the Chattanooga Opera. She was a prize-winner at the George London Foundation Competition and a semi-finalist at the Placido Domingo's Operalia Contest. She has participated in master classes with such distinguished artists as Deborah Voigt, Patricia Racette, John Corigliano, James King and Daniel Ferro.

Tenor Antonio Gerardo Albores will play Alfredo in the performance. A native of Monterrey, Mexico, he has studied with Martile Rowland, Gail Dubinbaum in Phoenix, AZ, and at Brooklyn College with Mignon Dunn. Recently he played a leading role in the Opera Theater of the Rockies production of “Carmen.”

Performances take place at the McAllen Civic Center on Thursday, May 26, at 8 p.m. and Sunday, May 29 at 4 p.m. Running time is approximately two hours, 34 minutes with one intermission. It will be performed in Italian with English subtitles.

For additional information about the South Texas Lyric Opera and to learn about purchasing tickets visit www.stlo.org.