Lyric Season 2017/18
Opera Repertoire

La Traviata

Giuseppe Verdi

In this version by the Maggio of Verdi’s celebrated masterpiece, directed by Alfredo Corno and sets by Angelo Sala, the characters are placed in the Fellini-esque Dolce Vita of the 1950s, and move like actors in a film in studio 5 of Cinecittà. The dreamlike visions of Fellini provide the backdrop to Violetta and Alfredo, and bear witness, with many references to the films, to how much the music and libretto by Francesco Maria Piave are still topical, and how La Traviata is a timeless masterpiece.

La Traviata
Opera in three acts
Libretto by Francesco Maria Piave
Music by Giuseppe Verdi
First performed: 6 March 1853 at Teatro La Fenice, Venice

Staging of the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino


John Axelrod (19-21-23-28/11)
Sebastiano Rolli (30/11; 2/12)

Alfredo Corno

Angelo Sala

Alfredo Corno e Angelo Sala

Lino Privitera

Light design
Alessandro Tutini

Choir director
Lorenzo Fratini

Orchestra and Choir of the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino
Violetta Valery
Francesca Dotto*
Maria Mudryak
Jessica Nuccio

Alfredo Germont
Matteo Lippi

Giorgio Germont
Sergio Vitale

Flora Bervoix
Ana Victória Pitts

Marta Pluda

Rim Park

Barone Douphol
Dario Shikhmiri

Marchese d’Obigny
Qianming Dou

Dottor Grenvil
Adriano Gramigni

Luca Tamani / Fabrizio Falli

Domestico di Flora
Nicolò Ayroldi / Nicola Lisanti

Antonio Montesi / Lisandro Guinis
Per indisposizione di Francesca Dotto, il ruolo di Violetta Valery è sostenuto da Maria Mudryak nelle recite del 21, 23 e 28 novembre e da Jessica Nuccio nelle recite del 30 novembre e 2 dicembre.
There is a party at the home of the Parisian courtesan Violetta Valery. The Viscount Gaston de Letorièrs introduces her to Alfredo Germont, who, long infatuated with the hostess, dedicates to her a toast. While the guests move into the ballroom, Violetta, suddenly feeling ill, is forced to stop. Alfredo seizes the moment to declare his love; at first she invites him to forget her, then gives him a flower begging him to return it when it is withered, that is, the following day. Left alone, she reflects on the strange turmoil caused by Alfredo's declaration while from afar, the young man's voice continues to reiterate his love.

The two lovers have been living in the countryside for several months. Alfredo, informed by the maid Annina that Violetta is selling her possessions to pay the bills, hurries to Paris in search of a solution. Meanwhile Giorgio Germont, young Alfredo's father, pays a visit: the family honor is at stake and Alfredo's conduct is threatening the marriage of his sister. Violetta agrees to sacrifice herself and leaves her lover with the excuse of wanting to return to her previous life. Alfredo, consoled by his father, finds an invitation to a party from her friend Flora Bervoix and decides to participate. Violet arrives at the party with the Baron Douphol, her former lover. Alfredo, in front of everyone, announces his intention to settle his debts and throws the money just won at the gaming table at her. Violetta faints and Alfredo, after being scolded by his father, leaves among general contempt.

Violetta rests in her bedroom, watched over by Annina. To her the doctor reveals that her mistress, suffering from tuberculosis, has only a few hours left to live. Violetta, disconsolate, rereads a letter from Germont in which he tells her that he confessed everything to his son. Alfredo finally arrives and the two, embracing, dream of a future together away from Paris; Germont rushes in but it is too late; after having given her portrait to her beloved, Violetta dies.
Giuseppe Fortunino Francesco Verdi was born in Le Roncole di Busseto, near Parma, on October 10, 1813.  He learned the rudiments of music by playing the organ in the local parish and in 1832, thanks to the patronage of Antonio Barezzi he moved to Milan, despite not being admitted to the Conservatory. Oberto conte di San Bonifacio, his first opera, is staged with moderate success at La Scala in 1839 but it is Nabucco, three years later, that is his first great triumph. After many masterpieces, including Ernani (1844) and Macbeth(1847), is born the "popular trilogy": RigolettoIl trovatore and La traviata (1851-1853). He reiceived important commissions from abroad: Les vêpres siciliennes (Paris, 1855), La forza del destino (St. Petersburg, 1862), Don Carlos (Paris, 1867) and Aida(Cairo, 1871).  After the Requiem Mass (1874), Otello (1887) and Falstaff (1893), he died in Milan on January 27, 1901.

Thu 30 November, ore 20:00
Thu 23 November, ore 20:00
Sun 19 November, ore 19:00
Sat 2 December, ore 15:30
Tue 28 November, ore 20:00
Tue 21 November, ore 20:00

Running times
Prima parte: 30 minuti
Intervallo: 30 minuti
Seconda parte: 1 ora e 5 minuti
Intervallo: 20 minuti
Terza parte: 35 minuti
Durata complessiva: 2 ore e 55 minuti circa
Stalls 1 € 80
Stalls 2 € 60
Stalls 3 € 50
Stalls 4 € 40
Boxes € 30
Gallery € 20
Limited visibility € 10
Listening seats € 5

Teatro del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino

Piazzale Vittorio Gui, 1
50144 Firenze

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