La traviata, based on Alexandre Dumas fils’s play La Dame aux camélias, is one of Verdi’s most popular operas, combining high drama and wonderful melodies.
Violetta is the toast of 19th-century Paris, however her love for Alfredo exposes the hypocrisy of upper class Parisian life. Can their love survive when they break society’s conventions ? The role of Violetta (the ‘fallen woman’ of the title) is one of Verdi’s most complex and enduring characters.
Richard Eyre’s classic production conveys the indulgent social whirl of 19th-century Paris. It provides a vivid setting for Verdi’s tuneful score, which includes such favourites as Violetta’s introspective ‘Ah fors’è lui’ and ecstatic ‘Sempre libera’; the duet ‘Pura siccome un angelo’ as Giorgio Germont begs Violetta to leave Alfredo; and ‘Parigi, o cara’, in which the lovers poignantly imagine a life that will never be theirs.
The story centres on Alfredo and the courtesan Violetta who fall passionately in love. But Alfredo’s father, Giorgio Germont, disapproves of their relationship. Germont convinces Violetta that she must leave Alfredo, for the family’s sake – not realizing that Violetta is very ill. Alfredo is distraught, believing that Violetta has left him out of self-interest. When Violetta is on her deathbed Germont understands the extent of her sacrifice. He confesses all to Alfredo, who is with Violetta as she dies.
About 3 hours 20 minutes | Including two intervals. Act One will last for about 40 minutes followed by a 30 minute interval. Act Two will last for 1 hour 15 minutes, followed by a 25 minute interval. Act Three will last for about 35 minutes.
Sung in Italian with English surtitles
For more information or to book tickets, visit the Royal Opera House website here
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