La traviata

G. Verdi
La traviata
Opera in 4 acts
180 minutes.

Libretto Francesco Maria Piave based on Alexandre Dumas’s play “La Dame aux camélias” 

The most famous and most touching love story, told by the sensual music of Giuseppe Verdi, which has touched human hearts for many centuries.

Fame, power, fortune… It would seem that courtesan Violetta Valery has everything. She never allowed herself only one thing – true love. However, her life changes dramatically when she meets Alfredo Germont in a Paris salon.

But will their love resist society and break free from the social stigma of a courtesan, which threatens to disgrace Alfredo’s family?

The opera is performed in Italian with Ukrainian subtitles

Сhief conductor

Mykhailo Dutchak People's аrtist of Ukraine


Ivan Cherednichenko Winner of international competitions

Iryna Stasyshyn Honored Artist of Ukraine

Stage director

Giuseppe Visciglia (Italy)

Set designer

Tadey Ryndzak People's Artist of Ukraine

Costume designer

Oksana Zinchenko Honored Artist of Ukraine


Petros Malkhasyants Honored artist of Ukraine

Chorus master

Vadym Yatsenko Winner of Ukrainian competition

Act 1

Middle of the 19th century, Paris. Autumn
The courtesan Violetta gives a party in her salon. Alfredo Germont, a young gentleman from a province, is introduced to the hostess at a party. His candid manner and honesty touch her. Violetta invites him to sing a drinking song as the guests drink toast.
Staying alone with Violetta, Alfredo declares his love and convinces her to change her lifestyle. She explains that there is no place for such feelings in her life. But she gives him a camellia, asking him to return when the flower has faded.
The guests leave. Violetta is troubled and anxious. She is almost ready to reciprocate Alfredo’s feelings. However, she convinces herself that a casual relationship attracts her more than true love.

Act 2

Violetta enjoys her life with Alfredo in the country house. Suddenly Alfredo discovers that Violetta has been selling her property to support them.
Ashamed, Alfredo immediately leaves for Paris to procure money. In Alfredo’s absence, his father, Giorgio Germont, pays Violetta a visit. He demands that she separates from his son, as their relationship threatens his daughter’s impending marriage and tarnishes his son’s reputation. Giorgio Germont claims that her liaison with Alfredo has no future.
Violetta knows that she is mortally ill and agrees to the demands of Giorgio Germont. She writes a goodbye letter to Alfredo and leaves. Alfredo returns, and while reading the letter, he thinks Violetta has left him because of money. Finally, he understands that she decided to return to her salacious way of life.
Giorgio Germont begs his son to return home, but Alfredo refuses. Suddenly he finds an invitation to the ball from Violetta’s friend Flora Bervoix. Furious and jealous, Alfredo rushes away to seek revenge for Violetta’s apparent betrayal.

Act 3

The masked ball in Flora Bervoix’s house in Paris. Violetta and Baron Dauphol enter. Among the guests is Alfredo, who plays cards and constantly wins. He wants to provoke a conflict with Baron. When guests retire to an adjoining salon, Violetta begs Alfredo to leave the party because she fears for his life. He agrees to go if only she goes with him. Violetta refuses and claims to be truly in love with the Baron.
In his rage, Alfredo calls the guests as witnesses and furiously casts at Violetta’s feet all his winnings at the gaming table to repay for her love. Violetta faints. Giorgio Germont, who has witnessed the scene, rebukes his son for his behaviour. The Baron challenges his rival to a duel. Violetta is upset because she cannot tell Alfredo the truth.

Act 4

February. Violetta is dying. She orders her servant to give all her money to the poor. Giorgio Germont has written to Violetta, informing her that his son wounded Baron in the duel and had to leave the country. However, he was going to return soon. Full of remorse, Germont has told him about Violetta’s sacrifice. Rampant celebrations are heard from outside while Violetta is in mortal agony. Alfredo returns. A moment later, he holds Violetta in his arms. Approaching death is forgotten. Nothing again shall part them. Her energy and exuberant joy of life return. All sorrow and suffering seem to have left Violetta – a final illusion before death claims her. She presents Alfredo with a medallion – a present for his future bride. The cough that racked the poor frail body has ceased. La traviata is dead.

About show

“La traviata” is one of the most famous and most performed operas by Giuseppe Verdi. The musical drama is full of passion, wonderful arias, and choral and orchestral episodes.

Verdi’s 18th opera was first performed on March 6, 1853, at La Fenice opera house in Venice. The Italian composer’s work is based on the autobiographical novel “La Dame aux camélias” (1852) by Alexandre Dumas fils, which tells the courtesan Marie Duplessis life story, who died of tuberculosis in 1847. Shortly before her death, she had a short affair with A. Dumas and became the prototype of the main character Marguerite Gautier. Subsequently, the novel was adapted by Dumas for the stage; the play premiered in Paris on February 2, 1852.

Giuseppe Verdi attended one of these performances. He was fascinated and decided to write an opera based on this plot. La Fenice also commissioned him, so together with the librettist Francesco Maria Piave Verdi began to write an opera as “a subject for our own age”. Not only was G. Verdi interested in the plot, but it also drew the attention of the censors: a courtesan as a main character was not only quite a revolutionary but also an unacceptable step. However, a compromise was reached, and the opera was set in the 17th century “in the era of Richelieu”.

The premiere did not achieve great success, mainly due to soprano Fanny Salvini-Donatelli in the lead role of Violetta. Though she was an acclaimed singer, the audience considered her to be too old (at 38), and her appearance did not match the image of the young woman. About this incident, the composer noted, “La traviata last night was a failure. Was the fault mine or the singers’? Time will tell.”

However, after some revisions, the opera was performed again on February 1, 1855, in Madrid and was a great success, largely due to Maria Spezia-Aldighieri’s portrayal of Violetta. Today it is one of the most performed operas in the world and still touches the hearts of audiences even after 170 years after the premiere.

The opera title is literally translated as “lost” or “fallen woman”. In four acts, G. Verdi’s opera tells the story of love in its various manifestations: from the happiness of the encounter, through the struggle with the obstacles, the grief from parting and, finally, death. Violetta’s fate becomes the opera’s emotional core, and the abyss between choice and duty makes us deeply empathize with the heroine.

The opera’s music is filled with expressive melodies, many of which have become extremely popular. With the incredibly beautiful and virtuosic arias, duets, ensembles, expressive recitatives, spectacular choirs and colourful instrumental episodes, the composer showed an emotional and sensual human drama in which love and death meet.

“La traviata” by Giuseppe Verdi has been an integral part of the repertoire of Lviv Opera for many decades and is very popular among the audience. Now in the theatre, guests can visit the production, the premiere of which took place on July 13 and 15, 2001. The creative team included the conductor Mykhailo Dutchak, director Giuseppe Visciglia (Italy), set designers Tadei and Mykhailo Ryndzak, costume designer Oksana Zinchenko, choirmaster Vasyl Koval, ballet master Petros Malkhasiants.

The unique cast of the renewed production included V. Koltun and N. Romaniuk (Violetta), M. Mashchak and O. Sytnytska (Flora), O. Havrysh and S. Mamchur (Annina), O. Lykhach and V. Liskovetskyi (Alfredo), I. Kushpler and O. Sydir (Germont), V. Dovhan and A. Savka (Gastone), V. Kryvko and A. Havunka (Barone), Yu. Trytsetskyi and V. Chibisov (Marchese), V. Dudar and Yu. Trytsetskyi (Dottore), S. Tarasovych and A. Havunka (Passerby).

The opera “La traviata” by Giuseppe Verdi will never become a museum exhibit that exists beyond time. This charming and sensual musical story, filled with sincere love and sacrifice, can take place even in modern times, and this is the manifestation of the genius of the Italian composer.

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Luydmyla Korsun Honored Artist of Ukraine

Alina Didenko winner of the Ukrainian competition

Marianna Tsvietinska winner of the international competitions

Alfredo Germont

Maksym Vorochek

Mykhajlo Malafij winner of the international competitions

Roman Trochymuk Honored artist of Ukraine

Giorgio Germont

Vitalij Zagorbenskyj winner of the international competition

Orest Sydir People’s Artist of Ukraine

Roman Strakhov winner of the international competition


Liliya Nikitchuk winner of the international competition

Olena Skitsko winner of the international competition


Mariana Mazur winner of the international competitions

Hanna Nosova winner of the international competitions


Vitaliy Voytko

Oleh Lanovyy winner of the international competition

Vitaliy Rozdaihora winner of the international competition


Andrii Beniuk winner of the international competition

Vitalij Zagorbenskyj winner of the international competition

Yurii Shevchuk winner of the international competition


Yurii Trytsetskyi Honored artist of Ukraine

Volodymyr Shynkarenko winner of the international competition


Volodymyr Dutchak

Yurii Trytsetskyi Honored artist of Ukraine


Vitalij Zagorbenskyj winner of the international competition

Oleksii Kuvitanov

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