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    La Traviata, Opera by G. Verdi

    La Traviata, Opera by G. Verdi

    Raising a glass and singing along to the joyous chorus ‘Libiamo ne’ lieti calici’ has become almost an instinct, no matter how well-versed (or not) you are in classical music. Such is the power of La Traviata by Giuseppe Verdi, one of the greatest opera works of all time. Its melodramatic plot, the powerful yet vulnerable lead female character, and the scathing social critique thinly veiled below the central love story have helped the work achieve legendary status. Of course, Verdi’s impressive score is what keeps drawing audiences like a magnet. Its premiere at Teatro La Fenice in Venice on 6 March 1853 was a near-disaster due to poor casting. However, La Traviata quickly won audiences over and has been a staple in the opera catalogue since the mid-19th century. Flaiano Theatre in Rome stages a faithful revival of the Verdi classic.

    At a time opera was still predominantly about aristocrats and other upper-class characters, Giuseppe Verdi embarked on a mission to challenge audiences with unconventional subjects and morally dubious characters. His inspiration for La Traviata was La Dame aux camélias, a novel turned into a play by Alexandre Dumas fils. As if the source material was not powerful enough, Verdi entrusted the libretto to Francesco Maria Piave, one of the luminaries of the genre. The creativity and drive of the duo met numerous obstacles, from Venetian censors to under-rehearsed singers and inappropriate role assignments. And yet, La Traviata proved its worth time and time again.

    The plot of the opera centres on Violetta Valéry, a high-class Parisian courtesan with charms and wits to spare. She is fiercely independent and cynical about love – until she crosses paths with the young bourgeois Alfredo Germont. His naïve and complete dedication to her manages to turn her heart around, but the couple is not destined for bliss and a happy ending due to familial and social pressures. Flaiano Theatre in Rome tells the intense, dramatic and beautiful story of La Traviata this season.