Giuseppe Verdi’s operatic masterpiece, “La Traviata,” comes to life again in Raleigh’s Memorial Auditorium Friday and Sunday, staged by N.C. Opera. Soprano Jacqueline Echols takes on the multilayered role of the Parisian courtesan suddenly struck by honest love but ultimately thwarted by societal conventions. 8 p.m. Friday; 3 p.m. Sunday. $25-$85 (student rush $15). 919-792-3850 or ncopera.org.