Giuseppe Verdi – La Traviata

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Giuseppe Verdi – La Traviata

Classical Opera
Giuseppe Verdi – La Traviata
Kiri Te Kanawa, Alfredo Kraus, Dmitri Hvorostovsky
Orchestra del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, Cond. Zubin Mehta

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Giuseppe Verdi – La Traviata

Composition Description by Richard LeSueur

The last of the three great operas of Giuseppe Verdi's middle period, La Traviata is now one of his most popular works. Written for the Teatro la Fenice in Venice, it was first heard on March 6, 1853. The libretto, by Francesco Maria Piave, details the ill-fated love affair between a young gentleman named Alfredo Germont and a terminally ill courtesan named Violetta. It is based on the play La dame aux camélias by Alexander Dumas, Jr., which premiered the previous year.

Perhaps surprisingly, La Traviata's opening night was a fiasco. Legend gives two reasons for the failure: the generous size of the soprano (supposedly dying of consumption!) and the use of a contemporary stage setting, which was considered distasteful at the time (subsequent performances were re-set in the 1700s; the reinstatement of Verdi's original conception did not occur until the 1880s). Verdi withdrew the opera and, after making significant changes in the second and third acts, premiered the new version at the Teatro Gallo di San Benedetto in 1854. It is in this version that the opera has enjoyed its continued success…

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