"La traviata 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 WikiVioletta Valéry, the famed Parisian courtesan, appears to have everything in life, free to pursue anything and anyone that strikes her fancy. But when the young Alfredo Germont falls in love with her, she contemplates the possibility of changing her life. Some months later, the pair is living together happily, until Alfredo's father arrives to ask her to break off the relationship, as his daughter's fiancé refuses to marry a woman whose brother lives with a former courtesan. With great pain, Violetta agrees and flees back to her former life. Alfredo ignores his father's pleas and sets to seek her out among her old life, humiliating her in front of society by throwing money as 'payment' for their time together her way. He has no idea that Violetta is terminally ill with consumption, finding out only after she retreats away from society, close to death. Though Germont reveals to his son that Violetta abandoned him for noble reasons, she dies shortly after their reconciliation.
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