is an opera in three acts by Giuseppe Verdi
, set to an Italian libretto by Francesco Maria Piave. It is based on La dame aux Camélias
(1852), a play adapted from the novel by Alexandre Dumas fils
. The title "La traviata" means literally The Fallen Woman
, or perhaps more figuratively, The Woman Who Goes Astray
. It was originally titled Violetta
, after the main character." -The Other Wiki
This woman named Violetta Valery, however, is not of nobility. Thus, when Violetta's lover's father arrives to tell her to break off the relationship, she has no choice. This upsets Alfredo, who has cared for her for years. And then, tragedy befalls everyone.
Tropes for this opera include:
- Break His Heart to Save Him: At the request of Alfredo's dad.
- Died in Your Arms Tonight: A beautiful rendition, played for drama, in the ending.
- Downer Ending: Alfredo manages to track Violetta down, but when he arrives to her side, she's in the last stage of her tuberculosis.
- Femme Fatale: Violetta fits this trope perfectly, although she's an Ill Girl version of it.
- Hooker with a Heart of Gold: Violetta.
- Ill Girl: Violetta, too.
- I Just Want My Beloved to Be Happy: Before her death, Violetta tells Alfredo that a girl in her youth will fall for him, and that he should marry said girl.
- Massive Multiplayer Ensemble Number: The Finale
- Untranslated Title: Like so many Verdi operas. As mentioned above, it translates literally to "The Lost Lady" or "The Fallen Woman".
- What the Hell, Hero?: Everyone reprimands Alfredo for upsetting Violetta by forcing a confession out of her for loving the baron and throwing his [Alfredo's] money at her. The fact that poor Violetta passes out right there due to her illness doesn't help.