The Real Traviata

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The Real Traviata
The Song of Marie Duplessis
By Rene Weis

The story of the woman who inspired Verdi's La Traviata - some of the most heart-wrenching and lyrical music ever composed. A woman who used her charm, wit, and stunning beauty to shoot to the pinnacle of stardom, inspiring scandal and great art in almost equal measure. An amazing rags-to-riches journey from rural poverty to the apex of Parisian fashion, ending ultimately in a tragic early death. Set against the back-drop of the famous cafes and salons of Baudelaire's 'vieux Paris' and the febrile atmosphere of the great spa towns of nineteenth century Europe.

  • Hardcover
  • Published: 01 November 2015
  • 416 Pages | 38 b& w halftones; 2 maps
  • 9.2 x 6.0 inches



La Traviata

Giuseppe Verdi’s La Traviata (The Fallen Woman) is a three-act opera based on “La Dame aux Camelias”, adapted from the novel by
Alexandre Dumas. The play is still staged today in its original form.

Originally titled, Violetta after the main character, La Traviata is one of the composer’s most frequently performed operas.

The story is of Violetta, a beautiful courtesan of Paris, Alfredo, her handsome, yet penniless lover and Alfredo’s father, Germont, who destroys their love.

The Met’s 2018–19 production of Verdi's heartbreaking classic featured a decadent 18th-century Paris played out against a stunning backdrop that changed with the seasons and the nature of Violetta and Alfredo's doomed, but exquisitely beautiful romance.

La Traviata made its world premiere in Venice at the Teatro la Fenice, on March 6, 1853.





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