Opera - La Traviata
The Fallen Woman
Libretto by Francesco Maria Piave after Alexandre Dumas's
La dame aux camélias
English translation by Edmund Tracey
'What a time to arrive at a party!'
Chorus, Violetta, Flora, Marquis, Gaston, Alfredo, Baron
'Be happy, be happy and raise your glass with me'
Alfredo, Chorus, Violetta
'I saw a vision ethereal'
'Ha, ha! What are you doing?'
Gaston, Violetta, Alfredo
'We present ourselves before you'
'I wonder! I wonder!'
'Is he the one I dream about?'
'It can't be! It can't be!'
'Give me freedom to be happy'
'I'm never happy if she is not beside me'
'My life was too impetuous'
'Annina, where have you been?'
'I hate myself! I'm so ashamed!'
'Alfredo?' 'He has just set out for Paris'
Violetta, Annina, Joseph, Germont
'I have a daughter sent from Heav'n'
'Do you realise I adore him'
'A day will come when making love . . .'
'Ah! Comfort your daughter so pure and lovely'
'Then command me!'
'I'll die! But you must promise me . . .'
'God give me strength to bear it!'
'What's that?' 'Nothing'
'Ah, she is mine forever'
Alfredo, Joseph, A Passer-by, Germont
'In Provence, your native land'
'Won't you answer your father, Alfredo?'
'No, no, I cannot preach at you'
'The surprise is a band of dancing gipsies'
Flora, Marquis, Doctor, Chorus
'We're gipsy fortune tellers'
Gipsies, Flora, Marquis, Chorus
'We are heroes, in Spain they adore us'
Gaston, Matadors, Chorus
Chorus, Alfredo, Flora, Violetta, Baron, Gaston, Servant
'I have asked him here to meet me'
Violetta, Alfredo, Chorus
'All that she had she spent on me'
'Disgraceful conduct! How I despise you!'
Germont, Alfredo, Baron, Chorus
'Alfredo, Alfredo, you hate and scorn me'
Violetta, Alfredo, Germont, Baron, Chorus
'Annina?' 'Did you call me?'
Violetta, Annina, Doctor
'You have kept your promise . . .'
'Forever I must leave thee . . .'
'Hail to the carnival's four-footed master!'
Chorus of Revellers
'Dear Madam -'
Annina, Violetta, Alfredo
'Come, bid farewell to Paris forever'
'Ah, no more, Alfredo, let's go to church now'
'But if my loved one cannot revive me'
Germont, Violetta, Alfredo
'Listen! I have a picture here'
'I see a pure and lovely girl'
Violetta, Germont, Doctor, Annina, Alfredo
Valerie Masterson soprano - Violetta Valéry
John Brecknock tenor - Alfredo Germont
Christian du Plessis baritone - Giorgio Germont
Della Jones mezzo-soprano - Flora Bervoix
John Gibbs baritone - Baron Douphol
Roderick Earle bass - Doctor Grenvil
Dennis Dowling baritone - Marquis d'Obigny
Geoffrey Pogson tenor - Viscount Gaston de Letorières
Shelagh Squires mezzo-soprano - Annina
Edward Byles tenor - Joseph
John Kitchiner baritone - A Passer-by
Sir Charles Mackerras
August, September and November 1980