Violetta’s triumph: a conversation with La traviata stage director Chía Patiño

“I am completely in love with the courtesans,” declares Ecuadoran stage director and composer Chía Patiño. “They are so aware of who they are.” Patiño, who directed her first professional production of La traviata (her first was for Indiana University) at Florida Grand Opera this season, was well-prepared. She recently traveled to Paris, where she…