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The Operas of Giuseppe Verdi$
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Abramo Basevi and Stefano Castelvecchi

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780226094915

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2014

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226095073.001.0001

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La Traviata

La Traviata

(p.191) 17 La Traviata
The Operas of Giuseppe Verdi

Abramo Basevi

University of Chicago Press

This chapter analyzes Verdi's La traviata, first performed in Venice in March 1853. The libretto by Piave was taken from Alexandre Dumas fils' novel and play La dame aux camélias. While the reception at the first performance was not very gratifying, La traviata would go on to become one of the most popular operas in Italy's history. La traviata is a work of a kind that, in the nature of its characters, in its domestic sentiments, and in its lack of spectacle, approaches comedy. Here Verdi began a third manner that in many ways approaches the French genre of opéra comique.

Keywords:   Verdi, opera, Italian composers, Piave, libretto, Alexandre Dumas fils, La dame aux camélias, comedy

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