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Host Sean Bianco brings you a full-length opera featuring great voices from the past and present followed by “Opera Potpourri.”
La traviata or The Fallen Woman is an opera in three acts by Giuseppe Verdi set to an Italian libretto by Francesco Maria Piave. It is based on The Lady of the Camélias (1852), a play adapted from the novel by Alexandre Dumas. The opera was originally entitled Violetta, after the main character. It was first performed on March 6, 1853 at the La Fenice opera house in Venice. This 1982 recording stars Renata Scotto, Alfredo Kraus and Renato Bruson. Riccardo Muti conducts the Philharmonia Orchestra.