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24 February 2015

 

camellia

The Lady of the Camellias was a French play based on Alexandre Dumas’ 1848 novel of the same title (available in translation here, it’s an excellent read). The story, sometimes referred to as Camille, was adapted as a play by Dumas in 1852 and then as an opera by Verdi in 1853 (La Traviata). There have been several films and ballets: there is a mesmerising 2008 French ballet here, the music is Chopin’s and although this is undeniably appropriate nothing surpasses the sublime Traviata.

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