source： editor：zhang wenni
it is said that the love of opera begins with the lady of the camellias. if opera is the crown jewel of stage art, the lady of the camellias, one of the best-selling classics in the history of opera, is the shining one.
the lady of the camellias is a long novel and a masterpiece written by french writer alexandre dumas. the story tells the twisted and poignant love story of a young man and a socialite in parisian high society. the lady of the camellias was later adapted into an opera, composed by the italian musician verdi, which had an even more profound impact. soon, both the play and the novel crossed borders and spread to all european countries. it was the first to include a socialite in high society at the center of the literary works, creating the first "damsels in distress" series in french literature.
in 1896, alphonse maria mucha, the representative of the french art nouveau pioneers at that time, created the theatrical poster of the lady of the camellias. the poster's starry background and white camellias delicately indicate the protagonist's beautiful and poignant tragic ending.
from its premiere in 1853 to the present, the opera the lady of the camellias (la traviata), adapted by verdi from the novel of the same name by alexandre dumas, has been one of the world's best-selling operas.
in 2010, the national centre for the performing arts (china) created a new version of verdi's opera the lady of the camellias. the unforgettable 264-square-meter giant mirror painting recreates the humanistic landscape of 19th-century paris. this new version has been revived six times and still receives attention from all walks of life.
in november, to celebrate the fifth anniversary of shaanxi opera house, the opera the lady of the camellias will come to xi'an. the actors and chorus of the national centre for the performing arts (china) will join forces with the shaanxi opera house to perform together.