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Stories of the Operas La Traviata Composer: Giuseppe Verdi Violetta Valery, a courtesan soprano Alfredo Germont tenor Giorgio Germont, his father baritone Flora Bervoix mezzo-soprano Annina, Violetta's maid soprano Barone Douphol baritone Dottore Grenvil bass Act I The courtesan Violetta Valéry is holding a party in her apartment. Flora Bervoix, the Marquis d’Obigny, Gastone, and Violetta’s patron, the baron Douphol, are among the guests, as is a new admirer of Violetta’s, Alfredo Germont. Having long adored her from afar, Alfredo now flirts with Violetta as he sings a drinking song (Brindisi: “Libiamo”). As the guests move to another room Violetta suddenly feels ill. Quickly regaining her composure, she assures her friends that all she needs are a few minutes alone. Concerned, Alfredo returns and confesses his love (Duet: “Un dì felice”). Violetta makes light of his declaration—she seeks pleasure, not love. But he persists, and she agrees to meet him the next day. After the guests have departed, Violetta thinks about on her new suitor (“Ah, fors’è lui”), wondering if Alfredo could be the man to change her life. But she
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