Time is running out for Violetta. Her illness is pushing on as well as her feelings for Alfredo –a young bourgeois from the provinces who smitten by her beauty. But her past as a courtesan weighs too much in a prejudicial and hypocritical society, and prevents them from living a sincere love. In search of a solution and possible salvation- she agrees to the demands of sacrifice that a father-in-law (who will never actually be such). But forgiveness comes too late: Violetta will die, leaving behind her, one of the most moving stories in the operatic cannon
Giuseppe Verdi put all of his genius into an impeccable score which lived through a premiere partially smeared by a deficient cast. However, he did not renounce that which -he had no doubt whatsoever- was an exceptional opera.
The compensation was quick to arrive for La Traviata; very few were able to resist capitulating before this prodigious combination between public life in a decadent society, and the private idyll between two people, in spite of the impossibility of their story, that they could not help but love one another.