Melodramma in three acts (1853)
Music by Giuseppe Verdi
Libretto by Francesco Maria Piave
Conductor Kalle Kuusava
In Italian with German surtitles
Production of Theater an der Wien in der Kammeroper
Premiere: 27. 9. 2016
In his novel La dame aux camélias (The Lady of the Camellias), published in 1848, Alexandre Dumas, fils made his former lover, the courtesan Marie Duplessis who had died a year before of tuberculosis, the title character. Shortly afterwards, the story, adapted as a stage drama at the Theatre Vaudeville in Paris, became the highlight of the season. Verdi, looking for suitable material for a new opera, was enthralled by the tragic fate of this lady of the Parisian demi-monde and the exposure of middle-class hypocrisy. He turned it into a masterpiece that remains topical and moving today.
As of June 15, 2016 ticket sale at the box-offices (Theater an der Wien, Wien-Ticket Pavillon) as well as telephone and online booking for performances until December 31, 2016. Tickets for performances as of January 1, 2017 will be available as of September 1, 2016.