Giuseppe Verdi
La Traviata

Historic Stage Opera in two acts

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Now on stage of the Bolshoi Theater - the opera La Traviata, one of Giuseppe Verdi's best works. Set to a libretto by Francesco Maria Piave and based on the novel La dame aux Camélias (The Lady of the Camellias) by Alexandre Dumas, fils (son). To create his masterpiece Giuseppe Verdi turned for inspiration to a popular novel The Lady of the Camellias, by A. Dumas the younger. The the main heroine of the novel was based on a real woman, a Parisian courtesan Marie Duplessis, with whom the author was in love.

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Music Director - Laurent Campellone

Stage Director - Francesca Zambello

Associated Director - Julia Pevzner

Set Designer - Peter John Davison

Costume Designer - Tanya McCallin

Lighting Designer - Mark McCullough

Chorus Master - Valery Borisov

Choreographer - Ekaterina Mironova

Running time: 2 hours 40 minutes. Presented with one interval.

Part One

Alfredo Germont arrives at a party at the home of Violetta Valéry, a renowned courtesan. She is surprised to learn of his devotion to her, and of his concern during her recent illness. Alfredo leads a toast to love; Violetta responds with a toast to pleasure and excitement. Feeling faint, she excuses herself to rest. Alfredo follows and begs her to allow him to love and care for her. She tells him she is not interested in such heroic commitment, but invites him to return the next day. Alone, she wonders if she is capable of experiencing love. Dismissing the idea as nonsense, she determines to live for freedom and pleasure alone.

Violetta flees her extravagant life in Paris to be with Alfredo. After learning that she plans to sell her belongings to maintain their country retreat, Alfredo goes to Paris to pay their debts. While he is away, Giorgio Germont visits Violetta. He tells her that Alfredo, his son, intends to give her all his possessions. She tells the elder Germont that she would never accept and reveals that she is making sacrifices to maintain their life together. Although impressed by her nobility, Germont begs her to leave his son, as her association with the family will ruin his daughter’s future prospects. Violetta finally agrees, asking only that, after her death, Germont tell his daughter the truth. Later, when Alfredo receives a letter from Violetta, claiming she no longer loves him, he is devastated.

Part Two

Violetta attends a party with her new protector, Baron Douphol. The men gamble, and Alfredo is the winner. Violetta pulls Alfredo aside and begs him to leave; he refuses and threatens to duel with the Baron. Unable to break her promise to the elder Germont, Violetta insists that she loves the Baron. Furious and hurt, Alfredo calls the guests together and publicly insults Violetta.

Now on her deathbed and tended by Annina, Violetta re-reads a letter from Giorgio Germont. According to the letter, Alfredo went abroad after dueling with the Baron; his father wrote to him there, explaining Violetta’s sacrifice. Alfredo arrives, asking forgiveness and pledging eternal love. Violetta expresses hope for their future together, but she is very weak. Alfredo sends Annina for the Doctor. He arrives with Giorgio Germont, who reproaches himself for his earlier behavior toward Violetta. He asks forgiveness and pledges to accept her as a daughter, but he is too late.

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La Traviata Opera

La Traviata premiered in 1853 on the stage of La Fenice opera house for the Venetian audiences. They did not receive it warmly, although famous critics called La Traviata one of the best modern productions. How did La Traviata opera attract their attention and praise? Firstly, everyone was surprised by the choice of the heroine - Violetta, who is a courtesan; secondly, the whole play took place in modern (for that era) Paris. And starting in 1854 the opera La Traviata began its triumphant march through the best theaters of the world.

La Traviata was shown in 1943 on the stage of new Bolshoi Theater. Talented directors worked to create different versions of the opera, and since 2012 the audiences have been enjoying a new version of the famous opera, directed by Francesca Zambello.

The center of the plot is a tragic love story between Violetta Valerie and Alfredo Germont. Young Parisian Alfredo is crazy about the courtesan Violetta. He confesses his love to her and asks Violetta to start a new life with him. Violetta decides to join him and the lovers move to Parisian suburbs. Alfredo wants to start making his own money so that Violetta doesn't have to sell all her property. He leaves for Paris, and Alfredo's father persuades Violetta to break up with his son to avoid disgracing him and the whole family. Meanwhile, she knows tuberculosis is destroying her lungs and she doesn't have long to live, so she agrees with Alfredo's father.

Violetta returns to Douphol, her admirer, and Alfredo cannot forgive this betrayal. But when the truth is revealed and the lovers can again be together, strength leaves Violetta and she dies in the arms of her beloved.

Characters

  • Violetta Valery, a courtesan
  • Alfredo Germont, a young bourgeois from a provincial family
  • Flora Bervoix, Violetta's friend
  • Annina, Violetta's maid
  • Giorgio Germont, Alfredo's father
  • Gastone de Letorières, Alfredo's friend
  • Barone Douphol, a rival of Alfredo
  • Marquis d'Obigny
  • Dottore Grenvil
  • Giuseppe, Violetta's servant