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Alfredo and Violetta in Verdi's 'La Traviata'

La Traviata

by Jessica WELDHEN

“Gloriously dramatic, frustratingly evasive and ridiculously emotional”, ‘La Traviata’ is one of the highlights of the Teatro dell’Opera’s winter programme. Verdi’s romantic tragedy is an opera in three acts set to an Italian libretto. The title literally means ‘The Woman Who Strayed’, and the story is one of morals and unrequited love, giving it as much relevance today as when it is set – in 1850s Paris.

With drama and grandeur by the bucketful, ‘La Traviata’ tells the story of doomed Parisian courtesan, Violetta, as she gives up her wild lifestyle to be with Alfrefo, her impulsive young lover. With her riches used up, the tale descends into one of scandal, confrontation, and the ultimate sacrifice on Violetta’s part. Tragically, by the time Alfredo learns the truth Violetta is bedridden with tuberculosis and dies at his feet. Gripping stuff!

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