Performed on October 19, 22, 24 and 26, 2019
Verdi’s La Traviata
A romantic drama with an intimate character, a story both simple and moving, La Traviata is certainly one of the most touching operas in the repertoire. Combining love, redemption, fatality and theatrical sense, Verdi’s genius is found in these heartfelt characters. The haunting presence of Violetta, who bears immeasurable pain, manages to move us deeply. This intense psychological work is above all a great story of love and sacrifice, followed by a reconciliation that comes too late…
Violetta Valéry, a courtesan who loves freedom and is a lover of the Baron Douphol, is dazzled in luxury and pleasure. But the young Alfredo arrives, madly in love with her and eager to find out about her state of health which has become worrying. Seduced, Violetta leaves her dissolute life for the countryside, far from the hustle and bustle of Paris. But Alfredo’s father’s unexpected arrival put an end to this happiness: he manages to make Alfredo give up his love in order to avoid a scandal that would jeopardize the marriage of his daughter, Alfredo’s younger sister. Torn apart, Violetta leaves Alfredo, letting him believe she is returning to Baron Douphol. Months go by. She has lost everything, now sick and ruined, all alone in her completely empty apartment. Alfredo, to whom the truth has been revealed, arrives hastily: but the joys of the reunion are short-lived, as Violetta dies in his arms.
Original Italian version with French surtitles