La Traviata

Opera

Writers: Giuseppe Verdi Francesco Maria Piave

Overview

Show Information

Based on the Play/Book/Film
La dame aux Camélias, a play by Alexandre Dumas
Category
Opera
Number of Acts
3
First Produced
1853
Genres
Drama, Romance
Settings
Multiple Settings
Time & Place
paris, france in the beginning of the 18th century
Cast Size
medium
Orchestra Size
Medium
Dancing
Some Dance
Licensor
None/royalty-free
Ideal for
College/University, Professional Opera
Casting Notes
Mostly male cast
Includes adult, mature adult, young adult, late teen characters

Synopsis

A story of sickness, love, and death, La Traviata follows Violetta, a young courtesan who is ill with consumption as she falls, unwillingly, in love with a young man Alfredo. While she struggles with the fact that she is dying, she falls for him and they escape the city to live together in the French countryside. While living out their lives happily, Alfredo’s father comes and guilts Violetta into leaving Alfredo and returning to her old life. Alfredo, devastated, shows up at a party where Violetta has returned to her old love, and declares her a whore. Months later, Violetta is in her sickbed, slowly dying of consumption when Alfredo returns to her to declare his love. He arrives too late, and she dies in his arms.

Lead Characters