La Traviata, Giuseppe Verdi’s 19th opera, has proven to be one of the most popular operas ever written. Why? Beautiful music and a touching story. A famous courtesan, dying of tuberculosis, accepts the sincere love of a young middle class fellow. But when the courtesan learns that her wicked past has ruined the life of the young fellow’s sister, she agrees to give up her love for him. When she dies we have come to realize, courtesy of Verdi’s superb music, that the truly noble person in this story was the courtesan.
This free lecture, provided to increase enjoyment and appreciation of Seattle Opera productions, will feature speaker Norm Hollingshead with recorded musical excerpts.
Sponsored by the Friends of the Libraries.
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