Alex Aldren

Opera Prelude: La traviata – Fact, Fiction and Mythology

Tuesday 19 March 2019, 10:30

Venue: Caversham Room at Cadogan Hall

Past Event
Opera Prelude: La traviata – Fact, Fiction and Mythology Past Event


Alex Aldren (tenor)
accompanied by Maria Levandovskaya

‘La dame aux Camelias’ was a real woman, Alphonsine Duplessis. But how much of her real character and story survived the journey from real life to novel, to stage play to Italian opera?

We examine what we know of her short but dramatic life, how Alexandre Dumas created a sensational novel about her affair, adapted the drama again to create the most successful play of the 19th century, and how Verdi and Francesco Piave were inspired to bring his shocking story to the opera stage.

Duration: approx. 2 hours

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