La traviata - Giuseppe Verdi
By Giuseppe Verdi
La traviata is an opera classic about Violetta, a courtesan who lives a frivolous life of gaiety and decadence in bourgeois Paris – right up until the day she meets the young Alfredo.
The two elope to live a life in peace in the countryside. But reality catches up with them since Alfredo’s stern father has no intention of having the family’s good name tarnished by a prostitute. However, Alfredo is unaware that Violetta suffers from a terminal illness.
David Radok’s timeless staging of La traviata premiered in 2006 and has become a classic in its own right. His portrayal of a tottering woman pursuing the straight and narrow path not only paints an image of her wayward lifestyle but also depicts her pure-hearted love affair.
At the world premiere in 1853 the opera was a flop, but since then it has become one of Verdi’s most beloved works and a sure hit on the world’s opera stages. The opera is based on The Lady of the Camellias, a tragedy by Alexandre Dumas, fils that revolves around the fate of love in the narrow-minded world of high society.
La traviata is performed in Italian with Danish supertitles.