La Traviata is an opera written by Giuseppe Verdi for the theater La Fenice in Venice in 1853. The title of this opera “La Traviata” literally means “The Fallen Woman” and it’s the story of the life of Violetta and her love story with Alfredo.
Violetta is a courtesan living in Paris who loves her freedom. But at some point in life, she begins to feel lonely and tired of empty parties and mundane life. She begins desiring to have a long-term relationship based on love and not just another love affair. Alfredo is already madly in love with her. In the first part of the opera, Violetta rejects him because of her love for her freedom and her carefree life. The aria “Sempre Libera” that means “always free” shows the desire of Violetta to remain free. However, some sad lines at the beginning of this aria show that Violetta is not really convinced of what she says and she may refuse love because she is scared to love. While Violetta sings this famous aria, is possible to hear Alfredo singing on the background and saying that love is the “breath of the universe” and nothing can remain immune from the call of love.
In the video here displayed, Maria Callas sings “Violetta”. The video is entirely subtitled in English for fast comprehension. A detailed translation with explanation is also provided in the video, and finally, the same aria will be presented with subtitles in Italian.
Sempre Libera (Detailed Translation & Explanation)
Eventually, Violetta falls in love with Alfredo and the two lovers begin their life together. However, Alfredo’s father asks Violetta to break up with his son in order to protect the good name of their family (in fact Violetta is a courtesan). Violetta accepts and leaves Alfredo without saying one word. Alfredo eventually will look for her and will find her but Violetta, severely hill, will die in his arms.
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