The masterpiece by Giuseppe Verdi, originally entitled Violetta, engages in lovers adoration raging from afar at lavish parties, drinking songs, celebrations, and of course the unrequited love of another. Violetta falls ill one evening, leaving the party with promises of seeing her lover again. A vow not taken lightly from her gentleman friend. She rests comfortably sometime in the not so distant future at a beautiful country house surrounded by a happy existence interrupted threats, left to weeping alone, drowning in her uncontrollable sadness by having to choose between her love and her family. There are Baron’s and duels, denouncements and sacrifices, followed by a storm of tragedy with a chance of death. See it happen on March 11 at 12:55 p.m. at the Grand Auditorium in Ellsworth Maine.
Written by John D’Alessandro
Photos by Susan D’Alessandro