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The Real Traviata

Item# 9780198708544


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 (“The Fallen Woman”) premiered at Venice’s Teatro La Fenice in 1853. It is one of Verdi’s most popular works, and the role of its heroine, the courtesan Violetta, is known as one of the most challenging in the soprano repertory.  One of the signatures of the work is its melodic waltz tunes which evoke the Parisian high life and add an intense, yet beautiful, melancholy as Violetta’s time begins to run out.

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