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Opera Talk with Dick Hutman: Verdi’s La Traviata (more…)

March 1, 2017, 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Leo Baeck Temple
1300 North Sepulveda Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90049

La Traviata, literally, the fallen woman, was one of three successive opera hits that Verdi produced within a two-year period. After years of struggle, Verdi, at age 40, had arrived. Based on a real-life courtesan and the novel, La Dame aux camellias, by Alexander Dumas fils, our heroine, Violetta – the toast of Paris, young, admired and adored – is torn between a life of luxury and pleasure and the possibility of love. Full of wonderful melodies, dramatic and heart-breaking scenes, La Traviata is perhaps Verdi’s most popular opera. In the 1930’s, Greta Garbo played the lead in the film, Camille.

Next class:  Tales of Hoffmann on March 22