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Violetta Valéry, a Parisian courtesan, is left alone to think about the young Alfredo Germont and the love he professed her, not being able to forget his impassioned words that have penetrated deep into her heart. She asks herself whether she could renounce the love "that is the heartbeat of the universe" for the sake of foolish pleasures of her mundane life-style. Her soul is torn between the opportunity offered her to return his love and to abandon herself back to her old life, and to perish in its hedonistic pleasures. In the end, however, she abandons herself completely to Alfredo's love, renouncing all the vain pleasures of her previous life.
Giuseppe Verdi: LA TRAVIATA
Violetta Valéry - Virginia Zeani
Alfredo Germont - Bruno Prevedi
Giorgio Germont - Robert Merrill
Flora Bervoix - Marcia Baldwin
Gastone - Charles Anthony
Baron Douphol - Ron Bottcher
Marquis D'Obigny - Gene Boucher
Dr Grenvil - Louis Sgarro
Annina - Karan Armstrong
Chorus&Orchestra of the Metropolitan Opera House,
Conductor: Georges Prêtre
New York (November 12th 1966)
È strano! è strano! in core
Scolpiti ho quegli accenti!
Sarìa per me sventura un serio amore?
Che risolvi, o turbata anima mia?
Null'uomo ancora t'accendeva O gioia
Ch'io non conobbi, essere amata amando!
E sdegnarla poss'io
Per l'aride follie del viver mio?
How strange it is … how strange!
Those words are carved upon my heart!
Would a true love bring me misfortune?
What do you think, o my troubled spirit?
No man before kindled a flame like this.
Oh, joy …
I never knew …
To love and to be loved!
Can I disdain this
For a life of sterile pleasure?