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By David Fleshler

Joyce El-Khoury stars as Violetta in Palm Beach Opera’s production of Verdi”s “La Traviata” at the Kravis Center.

Opening night at Palm Beach Opera will be especially significant this year, as Friday night’s performance of La Traviata will be the company’s first production since the messy departure in September of music director Bruno Aprea.

The PBO management says he left voluntarily, yet Aprea says he was pushed. Either way, the company was forced to scramble to find replacements for Aprea, a highly regarded conductor who had excelled in the bread-and-butter works of Verdi and Puccini.

Leading Friday night’s production of Verdi’s La Traviata will be Case Scaglione, assistant conductor of the New York Philharmonic. Directing will be the celebrated soprano Renata Scotto.

Appearing as Violetta will be Joyce El-Khoury (with Sarah Joy Miller in the Saturday night performance), Georgy Vasiliev as Alfredo (with David Miller on Saturday), and Michael Chioldias as Giorgio Germont.

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