Guiseppe Verdi's La traviata.
Six performances this season.
Photo: La traviata
La traviata is an opera in three acts by Giuseppe Verdi set to an Italian libretto by Francesco Maria Piave. It is based on the novel La dame aux Camélias by Alexandre Dumas, fils, published in 1848. The piece questions whether death is the price for love. It is hugely popular and is claimed to be one of three most popular operas in the United States.
La traviata (the women who strayed) tells the tale of the courtesan Violetta who has the terminal illness tuberculosis. Alfredo, a son from a good family, meets Violetta in a Parisian parlour. The two fall in love and out of this feeling Violetta hopes for a new start in her life.
She moves to the countryside together with Alfredo where his father finds them and calls on her to end the relationship with his son. The good name of the family is at risk of falling into disgrace. With a heavy heart Violetta renounces her own joy. While the carnival celebrations go on in the streets of Paris, the meanwhile impoverished, Violetta is dying. However, she has never lost the hope to see Alfredo again. Upon his arrival she forgives him and for a short moment the utopia of a fulfilled love appears.
August 23rd, 24th, 29th, 30th,
September 2nd, 3rd,