Sung in Italian with projected English translation
Appropriate for all ages
2 hours and 51 minutes
What would you sacrifice for love?
The courtesan Violetta Valéry has everything money can buy: beauty, fame, and wealth. But Violetta is dying, and she knows it. When she finally has a chance at true love, she jumps at it, only to give it up in a final act of selflessness. Find out for yourself why Verdi’s La traviata is the most frequently performed opera in the world.
A party is taking place at the house of Violetta Valéry, a famous and wealthy courtesan. She is ill and will die soon, but she is the only one who knows this. Gastone introduces his friend Alfredo Germont, telling Violetta that Alfredo is a secret admirer. As the others go to another room to dance, Alfredo tells Violetta he is in love with her, but Violetta offers him only friendship. However, after Alfredo has departed, Violetta can’t get him out of her mind.
Violetta’s desire for genuine love soon leads her to give up her extravagant lifestyle and move to the country with Alfredo. One day while Alfredo is gone, his father comes to visit Violetta. He asks her to give up Alfredo, explaining that their scandalous relationship is threatening his daughter’s chances for a good marriage. Violetta finally agrees to sacrifice her own happiness. She leaves Alfredo and returns to her old life without explaining the reason. Alfredo seeks revenge for her apparent betrayal.
Violetta’s illness has brought her to the point of death when Alfredo returns to beg forgiveness, having been told by his father about her selfless sacrifice. They dream of a happy future together, but it is too late.