Forced to sacrifice her lover in a battle of morality over freedom, Violetta gives up every hope of happiness in this heart-wrenching love story. The age-old ‘tart with a heart’ is a familiar dramatic trope. In versions ranging from an ancient Sanskrit drama through to Greta Garbo’s Camille to the film Moulin Rouge, it has always been a gauge of a society’s ideas about morality.
Verdi’s version is based on the true story of Marie Duplessis, a Parisian courtesan immortalised by her lover, the author Alexandre Dumas. There’s rarely a dry eye in the house when this poignant tale unfolds through Verdi’s robust, tuneful, full-hearted and full-throated score, laced throughout with melodies as familiar as the story.
The visual beauty of Tom Cairns’s opulent production aptly echoes the irresistible allure of this beloved opera.
Captured live in 2014. Sung in Italian with English subtitles.
“With a team this thrilling and a production so intelligent, Glyndebourne has a sure-fire hit on its hands.”