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La Traviata

La Traviata

Verdi's La traviata Love or freedom? - that's the choice faced by beautiful courtesan Violetta, who's living a life of pleasure and parties. She opts for love with Alfredo, until fate (and consumption) steps in. Verdi's romantic tragedy leaves not a dry eye in the house...

Verdi's La traviata Love or freedom? - that's the choice faced by beautiful courtesan Violetta, who's living a life of pleasure and parties. She opts for love with Alfredo, until fate (and consumption) steps in. Verdi's romantic tragedy leaves not a dry eye in the house...

Water Entrance to "La Fenice" Opera House, Venice, Italy. What a dream it would be to pull up to La Fenice in a gondola.

Water Entrance to "La Fenice" Opera House, Venice, Italy. What a dream it would be to pull up to La Fenice in a gondola.

Venice: An Evening at La Fenice Venice's opulent opera house is appropriately named "The Phoenix": it has risen more than once from the flames of a calamitous fire—most recently in 1996. The house was founded in the 18th century, and classic operas like "'Madama Butterfly" and "La Traviata" are still a key part of the repertoire.

Venice: An Evening at La Fenice Venice's opulent opera house is appropriately named "The Phoenix": it has risen more than once from the flames of a calamitous fire—most recently in 1996. The house was founded in the 18th century, and classic operas like "'Madama Butterfly" and "La Traviata" are still a key part of the repertoire.

Top: Worth, 1874. Cornell Univ. Middle: American, 1880. Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Bottom: American child's dress, ca. 1885. Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Top: Worth, 1874. Cornell Univ. Middle: American, 1880. Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Bottom: American child's dress, ca. 1885. Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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