"Love is a heartbeat throughout the universe, mysterious, altering, the torment and delight of my heart." Opera is often described as a dying art form, a type of esoteric entertainment that is challenging to consume. But while opera is certainly not as popular as it was centuries ago, the power of YouTube allows the music to live on. In a post-coronavirus world, it is unclear if opera will survive since it has largely been supported by older demographics.
That said, if anybody ever needed an introduction to one of the finest art forms, Giuseppe Verdi's 1853 three-act opera, La Traviata (The Fallen Woman), is a terrific start. Why? Because it is arguably the greatest opera of all-time.
La Traviata follows the tale of Violetta Valery, a French courtesan who discovers love (Alfredo) and gives up her life of opulence only for her past to come back to haunt her. Violetta learns that sh...
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