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Verdi

La Traviata

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Verdi’s immortal tragedy about the clash of true love with social convention has seldom been as poignant as in this broadcast. The sensational Italian tenor Giuseppe Di Stefano, in his second season at the Met, offers his first Alfredo with the company—a tender, romantic, and gorgeously sung performance that perfectly matches Eleanor Steber’s sumptuous and touching Violetta. Robert Merrill, heard here at the beginning of his career, would go on to make the role of Germont one of his calling cards.

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Performance Info

Performance Date

Jan 22, 1949

Composer

Giuseppe Verdi

Librettist

Francesco Maria Piave

Run Time

1 HRS 54 MIN

Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus