Elizabeth de Trejo has been a favorite with Opera Tampa, having shone as a pair of Gounod prima donnas, Juliette in Romeo et Juliette and Marguerite in Faust. In 2009, she was marvelous in the flamboyant coloratura passagework of the title role of Donizetti's Lucia di Lammermoor.
Now de Trejo takes on one of the great Verdi roles, Violetta, the doomed courtesan of La Traviata, which winds up the company's 16th season in performances this weekend. The cast also includes Ryan McPherson as Alfredo and Jeffrey Mattsey as Germont. Eric Dillner is the director, and Anton Coppola conducts.
La Traviata has performances at 7:30 p.m. Friday and 2 p.m. Sunday in Morsani Hall of the David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts, Tampa. $29.50-$89.50. (813) 229-7827; operatampa.org.
John Fleming, Times performing arts critic