In this guide, Julian Budden reviews the difficulties that faced the management that had commissioned La traviata and how, in some previously unpublished letters, Verdi fought their views on casting the leading lady. Denis Arnold contributes a musical commentary. April FitzLyon discusses the social background of the “lady of the camellias” in fact, fiction and on the stage, and Nicholas John compares the libretto with the play to show how skilfully it was adapted for the operatic stage.
Contents: Introduction, Nicholas John; Verdi and the Singers for ‘La Traviata’, Julian Budden; La Traviata: from Real Life to Opera, Denis Arnold; Alexandre Dumas the Younger and ‘La Dame aux camélias’, April FitzLyon; An Introduction to the Libretto, Nicholas John; La traviata: Libretto by Francesco Maria Piave; La traviata: English Translation by Edmund Tracey
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Giuseppe Verdi (1813–1901) is one of Italy’s most celebrated opera composers. His best-known operas include Rigoletto, Il trovatore, La traviata and Aida.