A moving tale of society and morality, La traviata combines characters you care about with powerful melodies you’ll recognise right away. Violetta is the high-flying but fragile courtesan forced into surrendering all hope of personal happiness in order to protect her lover’s reputation.
Violetta’s house in Paris
Violetta, a courtesan under the protection of Baron Duphol, is entertaining; although she is a very sick woman, she insists upon leading a hectic social life. She is introduced to Alfredo Germont, who has been in love with her for some time, and is leading her guests off to dance when she feels unwell and has to withdraw. Alfredo joins her, protesting his love, which she gently discourages.
After the party has finally broken up, Violetta wonders if Alfredo is the true love of her dreams. However, in the end, she believes that she must continue to fill her life with hollow pleasures.
A country house near Paris, three months later Violetta and Alfredo are now living together. When he learns from her maid that Violetta has sold her possessions to pay their debts, Alfredo leaves for Paris to raise the necessary money. In his absence, Violetta receives an unexpected call from his father. He begs her to break off the attachment; otherwise his daughter’s marriage into a respectable family will be threatened. Violetta finally agrees and, when Germont has left, she writes a farewell note.
Alfredo returns and Violetta arranges for him to be given the note after she has gone. When he reads it he refuses the consolation of his father and rushes off to Paris to avenge himself for what he believes to be a betrayal.
Flora’s house in Paris, the same night
A party is in progress. Alfredo appears alone but then Violetta enters, escorted by Baron Duphol. The two men play cards and Alfredo wins. When she has a chance, Violetta sees Alfredo alone and begs him to avoid a duel. Pressed by Alfredo, she declares she loves the Baron. In a fury, Alfredo summons the guests to witness the repayment of his debts and flings his winnings in her face. Germont enters in time to witness his son’s outburst and reproaches him for it.
Violetta’s bedroom, a few months later
The doctor tells Annina that her mistress is dying. Violetta reads a letter from Germont telling her that Alfredo now knows of her sacrifice and is returning to ask her forgiveness. The lovers are reunited and Germont arrives to give his blessing; but it is too late and Violetta dies.