La Traviata: Love, Death and Divas

Verdi's La Traviata is the world's most popular opera and yet when it was staged in London for the first time in 1856 it caused a scandal that reverberated through Victorian England, the echoes of which can still be heard today. In this hour-long documentary and performance film for BBC Two, Professor Amanda Vickery and BBC Radio 3 presenter Tom Service trace the journey of how the world's best loved opera, with a 'fallen woman' as its heroine, was conceived in Paric, premiered disastrously in Venice and sent shock waves through Victorian London when it landed in the capital in 1856

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