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 is captivated by her beauty. But her past as a courtesan weights 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 of her 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 to what -he had no doubt whatsoever- was an exceptional opera.
The compensation was quick to arrive for La Traviata; very few were able to resist succumbing to this prodigious combination between public life in a decadent society, and the private love affair between two characters that, in spite of the impossibility of their story, cannot help but love each another.