By RJ McKay

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Opera Philadelphia presents La Traviata Friday, October 2nd, Sunday, October 4th, Wednesday, October 7th, Friday, October 9th and Sunday, October 11th at the Academy of Music.

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Alek Shrader, who is singing the character Alfredo, talks about the show and his family’s involvement in opera.

“Traviata is a very accessible sort of tale of complicated love, of difficult choices involving love or even to a certain extent your family members and how they might feel about your complicated love, from Alfredo’s perspective that is,” said Shrader.

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Alek discusses how opera and this role is important to him and his family.

“So my dad was an opera singer himself, Alfredo was one of his go-to roles that he enjoyed musically and that he performed often,” said  Shrader.

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