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Sub-Parisian society is again at the dance, this time in the salon of Flora Bervoix, who has
invited both Violetta and Alfredo, in apparent ignorance that they have split up
[watch and listen -- 'Avrem lieta' (Act 2 Scene 2),
chapter 26, 74:36-75:43].
Alfredo has become a reckless gambler, and almost comes to blows with Baron Douphol, on whose arm
Violetta makes her entrance. When alone for a moment, he pleads with her, but she keeps faith with
his father and rejects him in favour of the Baron. She is indeed a prostitute then, and he hurls
at her feet the evening's winnings as payment for pleasures past. Violetta is stricken, and
consternation could not be more general
[watch and listen -- 'Alfredo, Alfredo, di questo core' (Act 2 Scene 2),
chapter 32, 91:02-92:52].
Eva Mei as Violetta, stricken, with the cast of 'La Traviata'. DVD screenshot © 2005 Zurich Opera House
Alfredo has fled France after a duel with the Baron, and Violetta's vitality is gradually ebbing
away, as she lies confined to her bed. Giorgio Germont has come to realise the worth and devotion
of the woman who might after all have been a possible daughter-in-law. Alfredo returns to learn
from his father the genuinely altruistic nature of Violetta's behaviour. Both men hasten to her
deathbed, from which she attempts vainly to rise. It is too late for all of them
[watch and listen -- 'Prendi quest' è l'immagine' (Act 3),
chapter 45, 123:12-124:35].
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