Violetta Valéry, a young Parisian courtesan, throws a party in her salon – for the first time after her sickness – and meets Alfredo Germont, who has been in love with her for over a year. Verdi’s opera loosely based on Dumas‘s novel La Dame aux camélias tells a story about an ill courtesan Violetta and her vain desire to extricate herself from the conventions of society. Still La traviata remains one of the most popular opera titles ever written!
What‘s inside the programme?
The content of the opera, the complete libretto in its Czech translation, black and white photographs from the National Theater production, the selection from Verdi's correspondence about Traviata, the historical criticism about the first Traviata performances in Prague from 1862 to 1884, the chapter devoted to life and work of Giuseppe Verdi in data, and the answer to why Verdi was so influenced by the novel La Dame aux camélias by Alexandra Dumas, and how this story was a parallel to Verdi's personal life.