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Aiming to portray a woman with pain hidden inside a gorgeous dress, director Amon Miyamoto will stage a new production of the opera “La Traviata” (“The Woman Who Strayed”) in Tokyo in collaboration with Tokyo Nikikai Opera Theatre.

This masterpiece by the great Italian composer Giuseppe Verdi (1813-1901) is one of the world’s most popular operas, and is regularly performed around the world. Based on the novel “La dame aux camelias” (“The Lady of the Camellias) by French author Alexandre Dumas, the story is set in Paris, and traces a tragic relationship between a courtesan, Violetta Valery, and a young nobleman, Alfredo Germont. The opera is the only “contemporary drama” by Verdi, who devoted himself to Shakespeare and other historical pieces.

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