La Traviata

La Traviata's popularity has grown so quickly since its first performance in 1853, that even to someone who considers themselves to have only the minimal or no opera knowledge, will have no problem recognising the music from this world famous opera.

Starting out with two highly successful operas, Rigoletto and Il Trovatore, Giuseppe Verdi's thir...

La Traviata's popularity has grown so quickly since its first performance in 1853, that even to someone who considers themselves to have only the minimal or no opera knowledge, will have no problem recognising the music from this world famous opera.

Starting out with two highly successful operas, Rigoletto and Il Trovatore, Giuseppe Verdi's third opera, La Traviata, was only expected to be as great a success as the previous two. Written after the novel and play, La Dame aux camélias, by Alexandre Dumas Jr., the three act opera takes place in mid 19th century Paris, and focuses on the tumultuous romance between a courtesan named Violetta Valéry and a young man named, Alfredo Germont.

The already troubled romance unfortunately ends in tragedy, but the plot of the opera, which is one of the first to deal with contemporary social issues, offers an interesting story line with eccentric characters, and beautifully decorated stage settings that combine with the music to make it Giuseppe Verdi's most celebrated opera.

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