La Traviata

Valentino Monticello

TitleLa Traviata
ArtistValentino Monticello
Paper Size (W x H)24 x 19 ins
Edition Size195
Price £240.00

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La Traviata is an opera in three acts by Giuseppe Verdi, which is set to an Italian libretto by Francesco Maria Piave. It is based on La Dame aux Camélias, a play adapted from the novel by Alexandre Dumas. The title La Traviata means literally The Woman Gone Astray, or perhaps more figuratively, The Fallen Woman. It was originally entitled Violetta, after the main character.
Piave and Verdi wanted to follow Dumas in giving the opera a contemporary setting, but the authorities at the theatre La Fenice, Venice, insisted that it be set in the past. It was not until the 1880s that the composer and librettist's original wishes were carried out and more contemporary productions were staged.

The first performance of the opera in 1853 in La Fenice was an utter failure. After some revisions between 1853 and May 1854, the opera was presented again in Venice, this time at the Teatro San Benedetto. This performance was a critical success, largely due to Maria Spezia-Aldighieri's portrayal of Violetta. In 1856, the opera travelled to London and then New York. Today, the opera is immensely popular and is routinely performed in the operatic repertoire.
This stunning work of art based upon a scene in the first act where Violetta faints at the ball. It is produced, in accordance with the artist’s customary technique, using only the labels taken from bottles of fine wine.

The print is hand numbered and accompanied by a certificate signed by the Master Printer and bearing a matching number to the print.

About the Artist

Valentino Monticello

Valentino Monticello has three passions: wine, opera, and art. An exceptional talent, Monticello cuts and shapes his favourite wine labels into unique artworks.

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