Glyndebourne presents: La Traviata (2014)
A story of sacrifice, love and surrender
Alfredo, a young man from the provinces, falls in love with Violetta, the stylish toast of Paris. But shes not the marrying kind at least not until now.
However, their dreams of domestic bliss are threatened by both a merciless society that condemns Violettas racy past and an equally merciless disease.
Verdis most beloved opera
The age-old tart with a heart is a familiar dramatic trope. In versions ranging from an ancient Sanskrit drama through to Greta Garbos Camille to the film Moulin Rouge, it has always been a gauge of a societys ideas about morality.
Verdis version is based on the true story of Marie Duplessis, a Parisian courtesan immortalised by her lover, the author Alexandre Dumas fils. Verdi was powerfully drawn to her story during a time in his career when he focused increasingly on vivid and complex outsiders who push the boundaries of society.
Theres rarely a dry eye in the house when this poignant tale unfolds through Verdis robust, tuneful, full-hearted and full-throated score, laced throughout with melodies as familiar as the story.
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