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La Traviata
Musical Selections from "La Traviata"
Educator Guide (Spanish)

La Traviata

Story & Setting:

Verdi's beloved work about the sacrifices made for love amidst the strains of familial duty receives an update to late 18th century Paris in this updated Met production. Based on Alexandre Dumas' play La Dame aux Camélias, the plot is a reflection of the author's affair with a woman whose intellect far surpassed her social station.

Opera Notes:

The work is an example of the operas of Verdi's middle compositional period, during which some of his best-loved works were produced. The composer's increased financial stability, as well as a desire to turn his attentions away from the political troubles of Italy at the time, inspired him to create a piece around an intimate storyline – a departure from previous larger scale works like Nabucco and Macbeth. The role of the "fallen woman" Violetta Valéry is considered one of the pinnacles of the operatic repertory, requiring a soprano who can convincingly soar to the highs and delve down to the lows of vocal and dramatic limits.

Sung in



3 hours & 10 minutes

Giuseppe Verdi (1813-1901)


“Libiamo” (Diana Damrau & Juan Diego Flórez)

Met Opera (current production)

“Sempre libera” (Diana Damrau)

Met Opera (current production)

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