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La Traviata
Beautiful, seemingly fragile young women who are nevertheless possessed of other strengths can be found in many of Giuseppe Verdi’s operas. Violetta Valéry is one of these. In common with the character she is based on, the dame aux camélias from Alexandre Dumas’ novel of the same name, at first she is worshipped by a pleasure-seeking society, then later despised.
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This wasn’t how Figaro imagined his wedding to Susanna. First she accuses him of being blind to Count Almaviva’s intentions: he has designs on the pretty chambermaid and wishes to reclaim his “jus primae noctis” – his lordly right to the first night. Then the housekeeper Marcelline starts blackmailing him because of an old promise he once made to marry her and finally his own plan to unmask the Count also fails.
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Arabella can hardly move for suitors; not only three counts are wooing her but also the officer Matteo. He, however, is loved by Arabella’s sister Zdenka, who has to dress as a boy because her parents – the compulsive gambler Count Waldner and his wife Adelaide – do not see themselves in a position to bring up both daughters in a manner befitting their status. In order to remain close to Matteo, Zdenka fuels his hopes of Arabella’s love, though she is still waiting for the man of her dreams.
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This wasn’t how Figaro imagined his wedding to Susanna. First she accuses him of being blind to Count Almaviva’s intentions: he has designs on the pretty chambermaid and wishes to reclaim his “jus primae noctis” – his lordly right to the first night. Then the housekeeper Marcelline starts blackmailing him because of an old promise he once made to marry her and finally his own plan to unmask the Count also fails.
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Siegfried is supposed to get married – but he doesn’t like the idea at all. He goes hunting with his friend Benno. It gets later and later and suddenly it’s night time. Deep in the forest by a mysterious lake he falls under the magic spell of an unknown girl. Odette is the victim of a wicked enchantment and can only assume human form for a few hours after dark.
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The singer Floria Tosca lives only for her art – and for love. When her relationship with the painter Mario Cavaradossi draws her into a vortex of political events and she finds herself at the mercy of the brutal chief of police Baron Scarpia, the diva is standing on the edge of an abyss. Scarpia tries to blackmail the famous singer into giving herself to him.
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Siegfried is supposed to get married – but he doesn’t like the idea at all. He goes hunting with his friend Benno. It gets later and later and suddenly it’s night time. Deep in the forest by a mysterious lake he falls under the magic spell of an unknown girl. Odette is the victim of a wicked enchantment and can only assume human form for a few hours after dark.
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Commissioned by the La Fenice theatre of Venice to compose an opera for them in 1850, Giuseppe Verdi (1813–1901) chose as his subject Victor Hugo’s drama “Le Roi s’amuse”.
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