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La Traviata Summary a famous opera by Verdi In Act 1 the heroine is Violetta Valery she is suffering from the first ravages of consumption She lives for the pleasure of the moment until Alfredo Germont falls in love with her Alfredo offers to take her away from the fast life thats killing her they go off to a country villa but Alfredos father Giorgio Germont finds out about this He appeals to Violetta not to lead his son to ruin and disgrace the family name Violetta finally makes the decision to leave Alfredo In Act 2 Alfredo breaks into a festive party Alfredo at the gambling table has played for huge stakes against the Baron and won a great deal of money Violetta begs him to leave the party She is terrified of the Baron and fears that Alfredo will come to harm This scene unfolds against a tense ostinato rhythm in the orchestra that reveals their agitation Violetta lets Alfredo believe that she left him because he loved the Baron Alfredo then summons the guests into the room He hurls the purse containing all his winnings at Violettas feet to repay her Violetta faints in Floras arms Giorgio arrives on time and is ashamed of him The voices of the principal characters each expresses his her feelings Alfredo is overwhelmed with remorse Giorgio is horrifed Baron wants a duel with Alfredo Flora and the guest sympathize with Violetta When Violetta regains consciousness she sings a beautiful passage In the Final act in Violettas bedroom her doctor friend says that Violetta is dying Violetta reads a letter from elder Germont informing her of the duel between alfredo and baron alfredo arrives his father finally realizes how blind he has been but its too late and Violetta dies in Alfredos arms
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