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Opera Guide: La traviata

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La traviata was composed by Giuseppe Verdi during one of the most prolific periods of his career. Adapted from La Dame aux camélias by Alexandre Dumas fils, it protrays the love of the courtesan Violetta Valéry and the young Alfredo Germont in fashionable Parisian society, with its inevitable tragic outcome. It had its premiere at La Fenice in Venice in 1853 and has gone on to become one of the most frequently performed and greatly loved of all operas.

In this guide, Nicholas John introduces the work and its place in Verdi's oeuvre. Denis Arnold describes the opera with special reference to its main musical themes and Roger Parker examines to what extent it can be seen as a Realist work. Anna Picard looks closely at the medical and social issues surrounding nineteenth-century prostitution and the enduring appeal of Violetta's story. Hugo Shirley surveys the many interpreters of the opera in the course of its performance history.

This guide contains a complete version of the Italian libretto and an English translation by Andres Huth. There are twenty-nine illustrations, a musical thematic guide, a discography, a bibliography and DVD and website guides. It is intended to increase readers' understanding and enjoyment of this great work.

Overture Opera Guide
Composer: Giuseppe Verdi
Opera: La traviata 
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 199
Size: 13 x 19.5 x  2 cm