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PrimaVera Opera - THE FALLEN ONE

  • Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza 2100 E. Thousand Oaks Boulevard Thousand Oaks, CA, 91362 United States (map)

The Fallen One is an original adaptation of La Traviata, the opera masterpiece written by the Italian composer Giuseppe Verdi in 1853.

The Fallen One is about a beautiful young woman (Violetta) who lives as a mistress to men of wealth and power. Violetta falls in love with Alfredo, a young man from a leading family, who woos Violetta with the sincerest of affection. Against better advice, Violetta chooses to leave the wealth and security that is hers as a privileged mistress in the hopes of knowing true love.

But tragedy soon befalls Violetta and Alfredo because they have broken the taboos of a powerful, but corrupt society, for whom Violetta must remain a whore. Violetta is forced to choose between having Alfredo (while ruining his future and family) or giving up Alfredo by pretending to return to her former way of life (as Alfredo’s father begs her to do). In agony, Violetta chooses the latter and the story climaxes as Alfredo seeks revenge upon the “whore” who has played him for a fool. Alfredo humiliates Violetta in public and Violetta dies afterward of a broken heart and spirit.

Too late, Alfredo learns the truth of Violetta’s unspeakable sacrifice and is driven mad by grief and rage. But from the ashes of this catastrophe, Alfredo eventually recovers his sanity, returns to lead his family to great fortune, and upon his own death, is reunited with Violetta in the heavens - as two newly born stars that sparkle and dance in the night sky!