18 October 2014

Opera Blog: A Conversation with David Rosen about “La Traviata”




Originally posted at Boston Lyric Opera blog (10/17/14). Magda Romanska, BLO Dramaturg and Associate Professor at Emerson College, talks to Prof. David Rosen about Verdi’s La Traviata. Prof. Rosen is a world-renowned musicologist, a leading expert on Verdi, and Professor Emeritus of Music at Cornell University. Prof. Rosen was responsible for the critical edition of Verdi’s […]

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10 October 2014

Opera Blog: “La Traviata” – Background Story




Originally posted at Boston Lyric Opera blog (10/10/14). La Traviata, a melodrama in three acts, was set to a libretto by Verdi’s longtime collaborator Francesco Maria Piave and is based on Alexandre Dumas fils’ play, La Dame aux Camélias (The Lady of the Camellias). The play itself was adapted from Dumas’ novel of the same […]

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10 October 2014

Opera Blog: “La Traviata” – Beautiful Death




Originally posted at Boston Lyric Opera blog (10/9/14). “The death of a beautiful woman is, unquestionably, the most poetical topic in the world.” —Edgar Allan Poe, “Philosophy of Composition,”  originally appeared in Graham’s Magazine, published in Philadelphia, in April 1846     The 19th-century affair with death is no great news to anyone even remotely familiar […]

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27 September 2014

Opera Blog: “La Traviata” – Love for Sale




Originally posted at Boston Lyric Opera blog (9/26/14). In the first volume of his sprawling 19th-century novel, In Search of Lost Time, Marcel Proust chronicles the tale of Charles Swann, an upper-class member of French society, and his obsessive love for Odette de Crécy, a popular and attractive Parisian courtesan. Although Swann is able to buy […]

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