06.01.–15.04.2022 / Opera

La travi­ata

Giuseppe Verdi
Opera in three Acts
Libretto by Francesco Maria Piave
In cooperation with Theater Bonn
approx. 2 ½ hours, one interval
For all from 12 upwards
Alfredo notices Violetta at one of her lavish parties. They get to know each other when the hostess suddenly faints, fall in love and decide to start a new life together outside Paris. However, this rural idyll proves illusory. Alfredo’s father is determined that there will be no place for the former courtesan in his family and puts Violetta under such pressure that she eventually renounces Alfredo. Bewildered, he brings her back to her previous life – and is destroyed.
In 1853 Giuseppe Verdi created an Italian opera from a French bestseller about the Parisian demi-monde and in Violetta Valéry he created a new myth of womanhood: a soulful, fascinatingly sensual woman with a magical aura.

Flora Bervoix
Alfredo Germont
Giorgio Germont
Bogdan Baciu/Sangmin Lee
Barone Douphol
Dottore Grenvil
Eduardo Koch-Buttelli/Ingmar Klusmann/Dae-Il Park
Romualdas Urbonas/Josua Guss
Act One
Beautiful and fascinating Violetta is the focal point of smart Parisian society. Only few are aware that she is mortally ill. To celebrate a temporary improvement in her health she throws a party, at which she is introduced to a young man from the provinces. Alfredo Germont has already long since loved the famous courtesan from afar. His declaration of ardent passion for her leaves her confused. She is inclined to reject him, but offers him the prospect of another meeting.

Act Two
Scene I
Violetta has given up her social life In Paris and is living in the country with Alfredo. But happiness can be expensive. Discovering that Violetta is intending to sell up her entire property so as to finance their life together, Alfredo immediately departs for the city in search of money. Meanwhile, Violetta is visited by Giorgio Germont, Alfredo’ s father, who demands from her that they separate. Alfredo’ s association with a woman of Violetta’ s reputation is ruining the social standing of the Germonts, and the impending marriage of his daughter, Alfredo’ s own sister, is in danger. Aware of having no rights or resources, Violetta prepares a letter of farewell for Alfredo. On his return, after a brief declaration of love, she tells him that she must go to Paris. On reading her letter Alfredo realizes the implication of this. His father endeavours in vain to persuade him to come home to Provence. Alfredo departs headlong for Paris.

Scene II
At a party of the courtesan Flora Bervoix, Violetta und Alfredo meet again. She is escorted by her former lover Baron Douphol. Unwilling to be ignored, Alfredo resorts to reckless gambling, and is then offensive to Violetta and her swain: on her imploration that he should leave the party, he throws his winnings in her face in front of everyone, declaring them to be his “payment” for their months together. The assembled guests are indignant and Douphol challenges Alfredo to a duel. Even at this juncture Violetta says nothing to explain the situation.

Act Three
Violetta is seriously ill. The doctor cannot conceal from her that she only has a short time to live. A letter from Germont père informs her that Alfredo is returning; he has learned the true reason for her leaving for Paris. Violetta has hardly any life strength left. Alfredo arrives and begs forgiveness, and for a moment the two of them dream of a happy end far from Paris. But it is too late. Violetta’s only comfort is that she did not have to die alone.

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