>It may well turn out to be a deadly bore, but I don't agree with the
>analysis of Traviata. When Verdi wrote it, protraying a "fallen woman"
>in a sympathetic light was making a statement, perhaps as preachy as
>making movies or operas dealing with the death penalty.
Shouldn't Alexandre Dumas, fils, get some of the credit? He wrote the
famous novel (based on a true story) which Verdi set to music. The story
was contemporary at the time, but the public outcry was so loud that Verdi
changed the setting to the 17th century.