Conductor: Pedro Halffter Caro
Music by Giuseppe Verdi
Opera in three acts to a libretto by Francesco Maria Piave
based on La Dame aux camélias by Alexandre Dumas, fils
Director Giulio Ciabatti
Set designer Italo Grassi
Choreography Guillermo Alan Berzins
A new production by Fondazione Teatro Lirico Giuseppe Verdi di Trieste
Characters & performers
|Violetta Valéry||Gilda Fiume (22, 24, 26/VI)|
|Ekaterina Bakanova (23/VI)|
|Claudia Pavone (28, 30/VI)|
|Alfredo Germont||Luciano Ganci (22, 24, 28, 30/VI)|
|Francesco Castoro (23, 26/VI)|
|Giorgio Germont, suo padre||Filippo Polinelli (22, 24, 28, 30/VI)|
|Leon Kim (23, 26/VI)|
|Flora Bervoix||Isabel De Paoli|
|Barone Douphol||Paolo Ciavarelli|
|Marchese d’Obigny||Dario Giorgelè|
|Dottor Grenvil||Francesco Musinu|
|Gastone, Visconte de Létorières||Christian Collia|
|Giuseppe, servo di Violetta||Dax Velenich|
|Un domestico di Flora||Fumiyuki Kato|
|Un Commissionario||Roberto Miani|
|Ballerini solisti||Guillermo Alan Berzins|
|Servi e signori amici di Violetta e Flora, Piccadori e mattadori,|
|zingare, servi di Violetta e Flora, maschere.|
|Scena - Parigi e sue vicinanze, nel 1700 circa.|
RUNNING TIME: ABOUT 2 HOURS & 45 MINUTES
Act one: ab. 30 min.
Break: ab. 20 min.
Act two: ab. 65 min.
Break: ab. 20 min.
Act three: ab. 30 min.
At Violetta Valéry’s home.
Violetta is trying to soothe the pain that undermines her health by leading a carefree life. A large and marry group of friends surrounds her: among them, the viscount Gastone, who introduces to her Alfredo Germont. Alfredo was looking forward to meeting her and, without her knowing it, he had enquired about her health many times since she got ill. Sitting at the table, the guests ask Alfredo to improvise a toast; then they go to the other rooms, where the dances are about to start, but Violetta suddenly feels bad. She begs her friends to leave her alone. They all go away except Alfredo. Feeling anxious and moved by being alone with her, at first he reproaches her for neglecting her health, then he declares his love. Violetta, feeling better, smiles at those sweet intentions and offers him a flower: he has to give it back to her when it’ll be faded. Left alone, she thinks over Alfredo’s words: she fears of being in love, she wishes to get rid of that disturbing thought and sings the praises of a merry and carefree life, the only life that allows her to forget her pain and her past.
Scene 1 - A country house.
Alfredo and Violetta are now living a solitary life, lost in their love. Alfredo, forgetful of everything, feels of having reached happiness. Annina, Violetta’s maid, informs him that she is selling coaches, horses and all her properties in order to provide for their needs and to prolong that dream life. Upset and moved by hearing that news, but at the same time wounded in his pride, Alfredo decides to go immediately to Paris to settle the matter with his means. When Violetta returns, Alfredo has already left. But here it comes Alfredo’s father, Giorgio Germont, who – biased against her, irritated by the affair that binds his son to a woman that is strictly judged by the entire Paris, sure that Alfredo is squandering his fortune – asks Violetta to leave her lover. She shows the bills of sale, proving that she herself is providing for them. Then, Germont confides to Violetta that Alfredo’s sister won’t be allowed to marry her suitor until Alfredo returns home with his family, breaking off the guilty relationship. Violetta tries to defend her love, to resist; then, for the same love she has for Alfredo, she resigns herself to that cruel sacrifice, promising Germont that she’ll leave, that she’ll give his son back to him. Left alone, Violetta writes immediately to a friend of her and would like to write also to Alfredo but he returns home. She goes away, knowing that Germont will soon come back to talk to his son. Giuseppe, the servant, enters to inform Alfredo that Violetta and Annina have left to Paris and delivers the letter in which Violetta announces her decision to leave him and to go to live together with baron Douphol. Alfredo is struck with pain. His father tries to convince him to give up, but he doesn’t listen to him and, finding an invitation card for a party at Violetta’s friend Flora Bervoix, he decides to return to Paris to avenge the offence.
Scene 2 - A party at Flora Bervoix’spalace.
It’s a great masked party. Alfredo arrives and, soon after him, Violetta at Douphol’s arm. She couldn't imagine of finding Alfredo there, so she gets upset. Meanwhile, Alfredo is at the game tables, where an impudent luck favours him and where, making veiled hints as he’s winning a large sum, he provokes Duphoul’s resentment. The game is interrupted for dinner and all the guests leave. Violetta comes back followed by Alfredo: she’s asked for a meeting to talk and beg him to go away. She fears that the baron, irritated, may kill him. Alfredo answers that he’ll leave only if she follows him. She tells him that she can’t and that she has swore to leave him. Alfredo asks who has forced her to swear such oath and Violetta states that it was Douphol and that she loves the baron. Hearing these words, which relight his rage, Alfredo calls the guests back and, in front of them, declaring his shame for having allowed a woman to squander all her money for him, he throws at Violetta’s feet a bag full of money, with which – and they all are witnesses – he pays her. Violetta falls unconscious to the ground. A general indignation arouses at Alfredo’s gesture and Germont, too, harshly blames his son. He knows how deep is Violetta’s love, but he must keep silent. He leads Alfredo away, while the baron throws down the gauntlet.
Violetta is sick. The devoted Annina watches over her. It's dawn, the fire burns in the fireplace. Violetta wakes up, asks for something to drink. The doctor arrives and tries to comfort her, even though he informs the maid that Violetta’s death is forthcoming. The girl wishes to get up; she reads again with love the letter in which Germont, deeply affected, thanks her for having kept the oath, tells that the baron has been wounded in duel by Alfredo who, having been informed of everything, is coming to ask for her forgiveness. Germont will be there, too. She fears that they’ll come too late: she feels that everything in her is fading. She has only the memory of her past, the hope for God’s forgiveness. It’s carnival and the masks’ noise and laughs may be heard on the street. But here it comes Annina announcing a visit: it’s Alfredo. He runs in Violetta’s beloved arms and cries for her forgiveness. They dream a new life, but suddenly Violetta staggers, she is about to fall. Alfredo keeps her; Germont arrives and he’d like to hold her tight, too, since she’s deserved so much his devotion and love. But Violetta dies in her lover’s arms, after having given to him a portrait that reminds her in her bloom of youth and beauty.