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La Traviata


La Traviata

The famous opera by Verdi, complete with costumes and scenery, performed by I Virtuosi dell’opera di Roma at THE CHURCH OF ST PAUL WITHIN THE WALLS. The opera, set in Paris in the mid-1800s, tells of the impossible love between Violetta, a well-known courtesan, and Alfredo, an attractive young nobleman.


Italian opera in Rome

The opera “La Traviata,” created by Giuseppe Verdi, was first staged on March 6, 1853 at the Teatro La Fenice opera house in Venice… and it was a total disaster! Nowadays, La Traviata is one of the most popular and most performed operas around the world.

You can experience Italian opera in Rome with the I Virtuosi dell’opera di Roma orchestra. Giuseppe Verdi’s opera in Rome lets the audience take part in the tragic love story between Violetta Valery and Alfredo Germont.

The story is a taboo love in 1853 that comes alive once again, unleashing all its power through the performances of sopranos Carmela Maffongelli and Sabrina Testa (as Violetta) and tenors Domenico Tegliafilo and Adriano Gentili (as Alfredo).


Violetta and Alfredo: a tragic love story in Rome

An impossible love is that between a courtesan and a young bourgeois in the 19th century. La Traviata opera in Rome once again recalls the problem of a society of appearances in which  bourgeois respectability and image are more important than love and its essence.

The rupture between Violetta and Alfredo, caused by Alfredo’s father, can no longer be mended: even if Alfredo’s father confesses to his son that Violetta never stopped loving Alfredo, she is now destined to die from tuberculosis.

The idea for the opera came to Giuseppe Verdi after attending the Parisian performance of La Dame aux Camélias by Alexandre Dumas fils in 1852. La Traviata in Rome, thanks to I Virtuosi dell’opera di Roma, gives viewers all the power of love as well as its opposite, death that shatters dreams.


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The show starts at 8:30 p.m. at the Church of San Paolo entro le Mura, Via Nazionale, 16/A. The entrance time is from 7:45 p.m. Show duration approximately 2 hours.
Reductions: Under 18, Students (MAX 27 years), Groups (min 15 pax), Military, Roma Pass.
Warning! the title of the reduction must be shown at the entrance

La Traviata

Act I

Paris, mid 1800’s. There is a great social party happening at Violetta Valery’s house, a well-known courtesan who is incurably ill by tuberculosis.
A nobleman, Gastone, introduces to her his friend, Alfredo Germont, who sincerely admires her. Duphol, her current lover, jealously notices the interest that Violetta is showing towards Alfredo. Whilst they are dancing together, Alfredo declares his love and she gives him a camellia, promising that he may return to see her once the flower has withered. For the first time, Violetta falls deeply in love.

L’attenzione che Violetta dimostra per la nuova conoscenza non sfugge a Duphol, il suo amante abituale. Mentre Violetta e Alfredo danzano, il giovane le dichiara tutto il suo amore e Violetta gli regala una camelia: rivedrà Alfredo solo quando sarà appassita.

Violetta è innamorata, per la prima volta.

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Act II

Alfredo and Violetta are happily living together in a country villa. Alfredo discovers from her maid Annina that Violetta is selling her jewels to cover their expenses. Alfredo leaves for Paris to resolve these financial problems. Violetta’s friend, Flora, invites her to a party but Violetta decides not to accept. She receives an unexpected visit from Alfredo’s father, Giorgio Germont, accusing her of leading his son to an indecent lifestyle. Violet replies that she has never asked Alfredo for anything, but Giorgio demands that Violetta leaves his son. Violetta, now, decides to attend Flora’s party and to abandon Alfredo, who is now showing signs of resentment. Violetta is there with her old admirer, Duphol who would like to have a duel with the young Germont. Violetta implores Alfredo to leave the house and he begs her to come with him. The girl now reveals her love for Duphol not wanting Alfredo to know the discussion she had with his father. Mad with jealously, Alfredo denunce Violetta. Germont enters and rebukes his son who is stricken with remorse.

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In Violetta’s bedroom, Dr. Grenvil tells Annina that Violetta will not live much longer. She cannot leave her bed anymore. A letter arrives to her from Germont who has finally decided to explain all to his son. Alfredo feels sorrowful and goes to her. Violetta is delighted knowing that he is on his way but feels she will not live long enough to see him. Soon he is there at her bedside. The lovers ecstatically plan to leave Paris forever. Germont, who feels extreme remorse, arrives just before Violetta is seized with a last resurgence of strength. Crying out that she feels life returning, she falls dead.

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Violetta Valery
Carmela Maffongelli
Sabrina Testa
Flora Bervoix-Annina
Irene Bottaro
Maria Ratkova
Alfredo Germont
Domenico Tegliafilo
Adriano Gentili
Giorgio Germont
Paolo Drigo
Giancarlo Pera
Gastone - Giuseppe, servo di Violetta
Guido Bernoni
Barone Duphol
Andrea Cionci
Marchese d’Orbigny / Domestico di Flora
Stefano Viti
Dottor Grenvil / Commissionario
Silvio Riccardi
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