October 19, at 7 p.m. and October 22, 24 and 26, 2019 at 8 p.m.
An intimate, romantic drama whose plot is both simple and incredibly stirring, La traviata is arguably one of the most moving operas of the repertoire. Blending love, redemption, fatality and theatrical flair, Verdi’s genius is apparent in the characters whose sincerity is deeply touching. Violetta’s haunting presence, which carries in itself an overwhelming pain, moves the listener to tears. An intense psychological work, it tells above all a great story of love and sacrifice, followed by a reconciliation that arrives too late…
Violetta Valéry, a courtesan whose life revolves around freedom and fun, is exhilarated in luxury and pleasures. While the Baron Douphol is her current lover, the young Alfredo arrives shortly thereafter. Madly in love with her, he came every day to enquire about her worsening state of health. Seduced, Violetta leaves her dissolute life for the countryside, far from the bustle of Paris. But the unexpected arrival of Alfredo’s father puts an end to this happiness. The latter succeeds in making her renounce her love to avoid a scandal that would compromise the marriage of his daughter, Alfredo’s younger sister. Devastated, Violetta leaves Alfredo, leading him to believe that she has returned to Baron Douphol. Months go by, she has lost everything: sick and ruined, she remains alone in her completely empty apartment. Alfredo, who has now learned the truth, arrives hastily; but the bliss of their reunion is short-lived, and Violetta dies in her arms.
Sung in the original Italian with French surtitles