Revised version of the ENO Opera Guides originally published by John Calder.
Includes original text of the libretto facing a literal English translation.
In this guide, Julian Budden reviews the difficulties that faced the management that had commissioned La Traviata and how, in some previously unpublished letters, Verdi fought their views on casting the leading lady. Denis Arnold contributes a musical commentary. April FitzLyon discusses the social background of the ‘lady of the camellias’ in fact, fiction and on the stage, and Nicholas John compares the libretto with the play to show how skilfully it was adapted for the operatic stage.
English National Opera Guide Number 5