La Traviata

Opera in three acts, libretto by Francesco Maria Piave, based on the novel by Alexandre Dumas

Composer: Verdi, Giuseppe 1813 - 1901

Version: English version by Edmund Tracey (made for English National Opera)

One of Verdi’s greatest and most popular works, La traviata is based on the 1848 novel La dame aux Camélias by Alexandre Dumas, and was first performed on 6 March 1853 in Venice. Today, the opera has become a staple of the standard operatic repertoire. SYNOPSIS: Paris, eighteenth/nineteenth century. Violetta, a courtesan, has many devotees. Amongst them is Alfredo Germont, a young man from a respectable Provencal family. He loves her sincerely, and his protestations awaken in her unfamiliar sensations. Eventually, she yields to Alfredo, and abandons her dissolute life to live with him in a country villa outside Paris. Later, Alfredo learns that Violetta has sold all her property in the city to meet their expenses, and -conscience-smitten - he hurries to Paris to prevent the sacrifice. In his absence, Alfredo’s father visits Violetta, and, by appealing to her love for his son, he persuades her to give Alfredo up. She returns to her old life, making a favoured companion of the Baron Duphol. In Paris, at a masked ball, Alfredo finds Violetta again, and is challeneged to a duel by Baron Duphol The baron is wounded. Violetta dies in Alfredo’s arms, who had hurried to her side on learning the truth, only to find her suffering the last agonies of disease