La Traviata is a courtesan by the name of Violetta whose life is a round of endless parties until a young nobleman, Alfredo Germont, convinces her to live with him in the country.
The couple are deeply in love and all is blissful contentment until Alfredo’s father arrives and tells Violetta that the affair is threatening the family’s honour. Desperate to save Alfredo from disgrace, Violetta leaves their rural idyll and returns to Paris and into the arms of another…
La Traviata is a tragic love story epitomised by sacrifice of a woman condemned by misunderstanding.
Giuseppe Verdi brings the beguiling splendour and gaiety of mid-19th century Parisian life to the stage. But there is also heartbreak and pathos in this tragic and resonant morality tale in which Violetta, a high-society courtesan with a heart of gold, sacrifices everything for the man she loves.
The title La Traviata literally means The Fallen Woman, or perhaps more figuratively, The Woman Who Strayed. It recounts Dumas’ true-life affair with the beautiful demi-mondaine, Marie Duplessis. Music by G. Verdi. Sung in Italian with English Subtitles.
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