Violetta (La traviata, Verdi)

Violetta Valery’s transformation from glittering high-society courtesan to self-sacrificing heroine constitutes one of opera’s greatest portraits and has been the inspiration for countless works of literature, art, and film. Here, Violetta’s gown has been transformed—broken in half, its lining torn out—but the prim, lacy dress and bones of the cage crinoline remain as a floating, spectral tribute to Violetta’s strength of character and her desire to live a true life.

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