Is Violetta really in love?
Will she change her lifestyle for Alfredo?
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La Traviata 1/5 – Violetta, true love?
La traviata is based on the play La Dame aux camélias (1852), adapted from the novel by Alexandre Dumas fils. The original title of the opera was Violetta. It was first performed on 6 March 1853 in Venice.
Violetta Valéry, a famed courtesan, throws a party to celebrate her recovery from an illness. Alfredo Germont is a young bourgeois who has long adored Violetta from afar. After the guests leave, Violetta wonders if Alfredo could actually be the one in her life.
|È strano! È strano! In core scolpiti ho quegli accenti! Saria per me sventura un serio amore? Che risolvi, o turbata anima mia? Null’uomo ancora t’accendeva. O gioia ch’io non conobbi, esser amata amando! E sdegnarla poss’io per l’aride follie del viver mio?||How strange! How strange! His words are burned upon my heart! Would a real love be a tragedy for me? What decision are you taking, oh my soul? No man has ever made me fall in love. What joy, such as I have never known, loving, being loved! And can I scorn it for the arid nonsense of my present life?|
“È strano, è strano” – Open12 Editions
Violetta eventually concludes that she needs freedom to live her life. From off stage, Alfredo’s voice is heard singing about love as he walks down the street.
|Violetta: Sempre libera degg´io folleggiare di gioia in gioia, vo´che scorra il viver mio pei sentieri del piacer. Nasca il giorno, o il giorno muoia, sempre lieta ne´ ritrovi, a diletti sempre nuovi dee volare il mio pensier.||Free and aimless I frolic from joy to joy, flowing along the surface of life’s path as I please. As the day is born, or as the day dies, happily I turn to the new delights that make my spirit soar.|
|Alfredo: Amor è palpito dell´universo intero, misterioso, altero, croce e delizia al cor.||Love is a heartbeat throughout the universe, mysterious, altering, the torment and delight of my heart.|
|Violetta: Oh! Oh! Amore! Follie! Gioir!||Oh! Oh! Love! Madness! Euphoria!|