From Central City Opera's 2015 production of Giuseppe Verdi's "La Traviata:" "Libiamo, Libiamo (Drinking Song)." Ellie Dehn, soprano (Violetta); Ryan MacPherson, tenor (Alfredo); Michael Baitzer, piano.
 

Here’s a pair of highlights from Central City Opera’s new production of Giuseppe Verdi’s “La Traviata,” which opens Saturday.

“La Traviata” tells a tragic love story between a Parisian courtesan named Violetta and her suitor, Alfredo.

Audio: Charley Samson on the story of Verdi's 'La Traviata'

But there are memorable upbeat moments, such as the “Libiamo, Libiamo” drinking song performed here as a duet by soprano Ellie Dehn as Violetta and tenor Ryan MacPherson as Alfredo. It's a festive moment from early in the story during the main characters' first encounter with one another. Watch the singers in the CPR Performance Studio in the video above.

And check out the lyrical aria “Di Provenza Il Mar,” performed by baritone Troy Cook as Giorgio Germont: 

From Central City Opera's 2015 production of Giuseppe Verdi's "La Traviata:" "Di Provenza Il Mar." Troy Cook, baritone (Germont).

Flip through the 2015 Opera Insider festival guide from Central City Opera for more on the opera: 

(Photo: CPR)