Union Avenue Opera celebrates its twentieth year of presenting fully staged operas in their original languages this summer, and like most twenty-year-olds, this season is all about the exquisite agonies wrought by love. The trouble begins with Giuseppe Verdi's La traviata, a tale of star-crossed lovers. Violetta is the original party girl, but she consents to settling down with Alfredo, a true romantic. Unfortunately, Violetta's past threatens Alfredo's family, and she consents to break his heart for the greater good. She's secretly dying of consumption, however, which requires one of the great deathbed reconciliations. La traviata is performed at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday (July 11 through 19) at Union Avenue Christian Church (733 North Union Boulevard; 314-361-2881 or www.unionavenueopera.org). Tickets are $30 to $52.
Fridays, Saturdays, 8 p.m. Starts: July 11. Continues through July 19, 2014