Sun, 19. Jan 2020, 18:00
Melodramma in three acts (1853)
Music by Giuseppe Verdi
Text by Francesco Maria Piave based on
Alexandre Dumas’ fils "La dame aux camélias"
The courtesan Violetta Valéry is one of the most desired women in Paris, and she lives life to the full. Unbeknown to anyone, she has tuberculosis and is far closer to death than she is willing to admit. She believes she can start a new life with the naive romantic Alfredo Germont, who awakens feelings in her she has never experienced before. But the relationship damages his family’s reputation, and Alfredo’s father demands that the unlikely couple split up. Violetta, whose health is deteriorating, finally agrees to separate from her lover. She pretends that she has now found happiness with another, richer man.
The opera is an adaptation of Alexandre Dumas’s "La Dame aux Camélias". Giuseppe Verdi originally planned to call it "Amore e morte" (love and death). The first feverishly quivering violin sounds and the increasingly short-breathed phrases of the opening bars evoke the delirium of mortal sickness right from the outset. As the opera continues, fleeting pleasures are combined with a sense of transience heightened to extremes by illness, and this is reflected in the music too. Verdi’s nuanced, tonally refined and sometimes intoxicating score paints the portrait of a beauty who is at once coveted and scorned, and who attends glittering parties in superficial, egoistic and hypocritical company yet remains endlessly alone with her premonitions of death.
approx. 2:40 h including one interval after the first picture of the second act