Music by G. Verdi
“Musically and dramatically, just about the perfect opera.”
FRANCESCA ZAMBELLO, artistic director,
Washington National Opera
Before "Pretty Woman" there was "The Fallen Woman"
Power in our society means money and freedom, and as a high-class escort, Violetta (“The Fallen Woman”) has plenty of both. She lives for sheer pleasure and decadence—never getting too close. Until Alfredo. Now she must choose.
But she knows that if she embraces love, she will have to pay for it. She also knows that she is a ticking time bomb—tuberculosis sharpening its scythe.
Her agonizing conflict is breathtakingly expressed in one of the most famous, and virtuosic, arias of all time, Sempre Libera: “Love is the heartbeat of the whole universe,” and “I must always be free.”
In Italian with English supertitles.