1 hour 55 minutes, 2 intermission 20 minutesLanguage
In Italian, Czech, English subtitlesPremiere
February 21, 1998
The operatic story loosely based on Dumas’s novel La Dame aux Camélias about the sick courtesan Violetta and her vain desire to extricate herself from the conventions of society has been tugging at audiences’ heartstrings for more than 150 years.
National Theatre Orchestra
National Theatre Chorus
Ballet of the National Theatre Opera
Verdi’s moving music romantically idealises Violetta’s ill-fated love for Alfredo and addresses the spectator not only with its theatrical eff ectiveness but also, and primarily, profound and emotive lyrics.
Photo: Hana Smejkalová