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La Traviata - Opera

Florence event | La Traviata - Opera

When: 16 June 2017 - 1 July 2017
Where: Palazzo Pitti

One of the most loved, well-known and performed of Giuseppe Verdi’s operas is transported by the director Alfred Corno and the scenographer Angelo Sala to 1950s Italy, blatantly inspired by Fellini’s dolce vita.

The sets show glimpses of period movie cameras filming a blonde Violetta-Anita Ekberg in a black dress, replicating the famous scene in the Trevi Fountain, while the young Alfredo is another actor in the cast. Despite the differences, the libretto by Francesco Maria Piave adapts extraordinarily well and the story proves to be convincing, fascinating and rich with details and citations: the party at Flora's house is a convivial moment in Teatro 5, where extras can be seen who seem to come from La Strada and 8 and a ½, as well as dancers from Satyricon. The epilogue of the story takes place in a melancholy hospital room, the solitude of which chills and renders tragic Violetta’s end.

La Traviata
An opera in three acts
Libretto by Francesco Maria Piave
Musica by Giuseppe Verdi
First performed: 6 March 1853 at the Teatro La Fenice, Venice
Staged by the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino

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Palazzo Pitti
Piazza dei Pitti, Florence

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