Why do we shamelessly enjoy guilty joys

La Traviata libretto
German translation

People:
VIOLETTA VALÉRY (soprano)
FLORA BERVOIX (mezzo-soprano)
ANNINA (soprano)
ALFREDO GERMONT (tenor)
GIORGIO GERMONT, his father (baritone)
GASTON, Vicomte de Letorières (tenor)
BARON DOUPHOL (baritone)
MARQUIS OF OBIGNY (bass)
DOCTOR GRENVIL (bass)
GIUSEPPE, Servant Violettas (bass)
HOUSEKEEPER at Flora (bass)
SERVICES (tenor)

CHOIR
Ladies and gentlemen, Violetta and Flora's friends
Bullfighters, Picadores and Gypsies
Servants of Violettas and Floras - Costumed Etc.



FIRST ACT

No. 1 - orchestral prelude

FIRST SCENE
Salon in the house of Violettas. In the background a door leads to another hall; two more doors are on the sides; on the left a fireplace with a mirror above it. In the middle is a richly laid table.
Violetta is sitting on a sofa chatting with the doctor and some friends while others approach those who are new; among these are the Baron and Flora on the arm of the Marquis.


No. 2 - Introduction

CHOIR I.
The hour at which you were invited has already passed ...
You are late. . .

CHOIR II
We played at Flora
and while playing, the time passed by in a flash.

VIOLETTA
go to meet them
Flora, friends, the rest of the night
let here be enlightened by other joys ...
Drinking together brings more life to the festival ...

FLORA and the MARQUIS
And you will be able to look forward to it?

VIOLETTA
I want it;
I leave myself to pleasure and am used to
with this medicine to alleviate the evil.

ALL.
Yes, life is doubly worth living through joy.


SECOND SCENE
The aforementioned, the Viscount Gaston de Letorières, Alfredo Germont.
Servants are busy around the table.


GASTON
enters with Alfredo
Alfredo Germont here is someone else
Madam, who adores you very much;
few friends are like him.

VIOLETTA
gives Alfredo the hand he kisses
My dear Viscount, thanks for this present.

MARQUIS.
Dear Alfredo ...

ALFREDO
Marquis ...

They shake hands.

GASTON
to Alfredo
I told you:
Friendship is paired with pleasure here.

The servants have meanwhile served the dishes.

VIOLETTA
to the servants
Is everything ready?
A servant says yes.
Dear ones, sit down:
May everyone approve the festive meal.

ALL.
Well said ... the secret worries
sells Freund liqueur.

They sit down so that Violetta stays between Alfredo and Gaston; opposite them Flora between the marquis and the baron; the others take a seat as they please. There is a moment of silence; meanwhile the dishes are passed around, Violetta and Gaston speak softly to each other.

GASTON
softly to Violetta
Alfredo thinks of you all the time.

VIOLETTA
Are you kidding?

GASTON.
When you were sick, he hurried every day
worried here and asked about you.

VIOLETTA
Stop.
I am not for him.

GASTON
I am not deceiving you.

VIOLETTA
to Alfredo
So is it true? ... How come? . . . I do not get it.

ALFREDO
sighing
Yes, it is true.

VIOLETTA
to Alfredo
I thank you.
You, Baron, did not do that ...

BARON.
I've only known you for a year.

VIOLETTA.
And he has only been for a few minutes.

FLORA
softly to the baron
It would have been better if you had remained silent.

BARON
softly to Flora
This young man is a nuisance to me. . .

FLORA
Why?
I, on the other hand, like him.

GASTON
to Alfredo
And you don't open your mouth anymore?

MARQUIS
to Violetta
It is up to Madame to shake him up ...

VIOLETTA
pours Alfredo
I'll be like Hebe serving.

ALFREDO
gallant
And wish immortal
I like you like that.

ALL
Let's drink.

GASTON.
O Baron, no verse, no vivat
occurs to you in this happy hour?
The baron says no
So it's your turn ...
to Alfredo.

ALL
Yes, yes, a toast.

ALFREDO
The inspiration
I don't like it ...

GASTON
Ain't you an expert

ALFREDO
to Violetta
Is it okay with you?

VIOLETTA
Yes.

ALFREDO
rises
Yes? ... I already thought of something.

MARQUIS
So be careful ...

ALL
Yes, attention to the singer.


No. 3 - drinking song in the introduction

ALFREDO
Let us feast on our cups of joy in
what brings beauty to bloom,
and the fleeting hour
get intoxicated with pleasure.
Let us refresh ourselves trembling with delight
in what causes love
because the fire of that eye is almighty
points to Violetta
entered the heart.
Let us drink with pleasure; love will
get even hotter kisses by drinking.

ALL
Let us drink with pleasure; love will
get even hotter kisses by drinking,

VIOLETTA
rises
I can mean between you
To spend time happily;
Everything in the world is crazy
what is not pleasure.
Let's enjoy life, fleetingly and quickly over
is the joy of love;
it is a flower that arises and fades,
you can't enjoy them any longer.
Let's enjoy life ... invites us to do it
a fiery tempting saying.

ALL
Let's enjoy life ... drinking, singing
and laughter brighten up the night;
in this paradise should be us
find the new day.

VIOLETTA
to Alfredo
Life lies in celebration.

ALFREDO
to Violetta
If you don't love each other yet.

VIOLETTA
to Alfredo
Do not say that to those who do not know it.

ALFREDO
to Violetta
Such is my fate ...

ALL
Let's enjoy life ... drinking, singing
and laughter brighten up the night;
in this paradise should be us
find the new day.
(You can hear music from another room.)
What's this?

No. 4 - Waltz and Duet

VIOLETTA
Don't you wanna dance now?

ALL
Oh, nice idea! ... We all agree.

VIOLETTA
So let's go out ...
You make your way to the middle door, but Violetta suddenly turns pale.
Woe is me!…

ALL
What do you all have?…

VIOLETTA
Nothing,
Nothing.

ALL
Then why do you stop ...

VIOLETTA
Let's go out ...
She takes a few steps, but has to pause and sit down again.
O God! ...

ALL
Once again! ...

ALFREDO
Are you unwell?

ALL
O heaven! … What's this?

VIOLETTA
I feel a tremor ... But just go there ...
She points to the other room
I'll be right there. . .

ALL
As you wish.
Everyone goes to the other room except for Alfredo, who stays behind.


THIRD SCENE
Violetta, Alfredo, later Gaston.

VIOLETTA
looks at himself in the mirror
O what paleness! ...
When she turns around, she notices Alfredo
Your here! ...

ALFREDO
Is the anxiety over
that you felt?

VIOLETTA
I'm better

ALFREDO
Oh, this way
you will kill yourself ... you must yourself
take care of your well-being ...

VIOLETTA
Could I do that?

ALFREDO
If you were mine
I would watch over that
Your days are peaceful.

VIOLETTA
What do you say? ... Takes care
maybe someone around me?

ALFREDO
fiery
Because nobody in the world
Loves you

VIOLETTA
Nobody?

ALFREDO
Except me alone.

VIOLETTA
laughing
It's true!…
I had forgotten this great love ...

ALFREDO
You laugh? ... And a heart beats in you? ...

VIOLETTA
A heart? ... yes ... maybe ... why do you ask about it?

ALFREDO
Oh, if it were so, you couldn't be joking.

VIOLETTA
Are you serious? ...

ALFREDO
I'm not fooling you.

VIOLETTA
Have you loved me for a long time?

ALFREDO
Oh yes, for a year.
One day you shone
happy and heavenly before me.
And since that day lived
I tremble with love I never knew
Of that love that makes the heartbeat
of the whole universe is
mysterious and proud,
Torment and bliss for the heart.

VIOLETTA
Oh, if that's true, braid in front of me ...
I only offer you friendship:
I can't love, not even any
endure such heroic love.
I am sincere and innocent;
you must look for another;
it won't be difficult for you
to forget me then.

GASTON
shows up at the middle door
So now? ... What the hell are you doing?

VIOLETTA
We did a great job ...

GASTON
Ha! Ha! ... is good. . . stay there.
Go back inside.

VIOLETTA
to Alfredo
So nothing more of love ... Do you like the deal?

ALFREDO
I obey you ... I go ...
He turns to go.

VIOLETTA
Is that what you came for?
She takes a flower from her breast.
Take this flower.

ALFREDO
Why?

VIOLETTA
To bring them back ...

ALFREDO
come back
When?

VIOLETTA
When it's withered.

ALFREDO
Sky! Tomorrow…

VIOLETTA
Well,
tomorrow.

ALFREDO
takes moves the flower
I am happy!

VIOLETTA
Do you still say that you love me?

ALFREDO
while walking
Oh how much I love you! ...

VIOLETTA.
You go?

ALFREDO
returns to her and kisses her hand
I go.

VIOLETTA
Farewell.

ALFREDO
I don't ask for more.
Exits.


FOURTH SCENE
Violetta and everyone else who come back from the hall heated up from the dance.

No. 5 - Stretta of the Introduction

ALL
The dawn awakens in the sky
and we have to leave;
thank you, madam
for such brilliant pleasure.
The city is full of festivals
the time of amusement goes by;
while resting may the
Strengthen the ability to enjoy yourself again.

They go off to the right.


FIFTH SCENE
Violetta alone.

No. 6 - scene and aria

VIOLETTA
It is strange! ... It is strange! ... into the heart
have dug those words for me!
Would serious love be bad luck for me?
How do you decide, my troubled soul?
No man has ever inflamed you ... O joy,
I didn't know how to love and be loved! ...
Can I use them for the callous
Despise the absurdity of my life?

Oh, maybe it is mine
lonely soul in all the hustle and bustle
often with mysterious colors
loved painting!
He who is humble and attentive
came to the house of the sick
and who kindled a new fever
When he made me love
To that love that the heartbeat
of the whole universe is
mysterious and proud,
Torment and bliss for the heart.

As a girl painted me
a chaste trembling desire
in the loveliest colors
the ideal man of my future,
when i shine in heaven
saw its beauty
and me completely from this
nourished heavenly error.
I felt that love
the heartbeat of the whole universe is
mysterious and proud,
Torment and bliss of heart!

She remains lost in thought for a moment, then she says:

Madness! ... folly ... it is vain madness!
Poor woman lonely
leave in this
densely populated desert,
which is called Paris;
what more do I hope for? ... What should I do! ... amuse me,
to drown in the whirlpools of lust.

I always have to free myself from
let one pleasure drift to the next,
i want my life to die
Walking paths of pleasure.
The day may begin or end
I should always be found happy
to ever new joys
should my mind be directed.

She goes in on the left.

SECOND ACT

FIRST SCENE
Country house near Paris. Salon on the ground floor. In the background opposite the audience is a fireplace, above which a mirror and a clock hang, between two closed glass doors that lead into a garden. Two other doors facing each other on the first floor. Armchairs, small tables, a few books, writing materials.

No. 7 - scene and aria

ALFREDO
puts down the hunting rifle
Far from her there is no joy for me!
Three months have already passed
since my Violetta the comforts
of life for me gave up, wealth, honor
and the splendid festivals,
where she lived, adoration,
saw everyone as a slave to their beauty ...
And now she forgets contentedly
in this lovely place everything for me. Feel here
I feel like newborn with her,
and revitalized by the breath of love,
I forget the whole past in the joys with her.

My hot temper
youthful glow
she muffled with the gentle
Smile of love!
Since the day she said: In faithfulness
I want to live with you
I live forgetting the world
as it were in heaven.


SECOND SCENE
The aforementioned and Annina in travel clothes.

ALFREDO
Annina, where are you from?

ANNINA
From Paris.

ALFREDO
Who asked you to do that?

ANNINA
It was the madam.

ALFREDO
Why?

ANNINA
To horses, carriages and,
to sell what she still owns.

ALFREDO
What am I hearing!

ANNINA
The costs are high if you live here alone ...

ALFREDO
And you were silent

ANNINA
Silence was imposed on me.

ALFREDO
Imposed! ... How much is necessary? ...

ANNINA
1000 louis d'or.

ALFREDO
Now go ... I'm going to Paris.
Madam should not find out about this conversation.
I can still fix everything.

Annina leaves.


THIRD SCENE
Alfredo alone.

ALFREDO
O how I repent! How disgraceful of me!
I lived in such delusion!
But to destroy the shameless dream
the truth enlightened me.
Calm yourself in your chest for a moment
you cry of honor;
you have a reliable avenger in me;
I will erase this disgrace.

He goes off.


FOURTH SCENE
Violetta appears with some papers: she is talking to Annina; later Giuseppe.

No. 8 - scene and duet

VIOLETTA
Alfredo?

ANNINA
He was just going to Paris.

VIOLETTA
And is he coming back?

ANNINA
Before the day runs out ...
He told me to tell you that ...

VIOLETTA
It is strange!

GIUSEPPE
hands her a letter
For you…

VIOLETTA
takes him
It is good. Soon a
Businessman appear ... He should come in immediately.

Annina and Giuseppe go out.


FIFTH SCENE
Violetta, then Herr Germont, led in by Giuseppe, who advances two armchairs and walks away.

VIOLETTA
reading the letter
Ha, ha, Flora discovered my refuge! ...
And she invites me to dance tonight!
In vain she will wait for me ...
She throws the sheet of paper on the table and sits down.

GIUSEPPE
Here is a gentleman ...

VIOLETTA
Oh, it will be what I expect
Means Giuseppe to let him in.

GERMONT
Mademoiselle Valéry?

VIOLETTA
This is me.

GERMONT
You see Alfredo's father in me!

VIOLETTA
surprised, means for him to sit down
Your!

GERMONT
sits down
Yes, of the careless, who runs into his misery,
spoiled by you.

VIOLETTA
gets up offended
I am a lady, sir, and in my home;
allow me to leave you
more in your interest than mine.
She turns to go.

GERMONT
(What manners!)
But…

VIOLETTA.
You have been misinformed.
She sits down again.

GERMONT
His capital
he wants to give you ...

V1OLETTA
So far he didn't dare ...
I would refuse.

GERMONT
looks around
But so much luxury ...

VIOLETTA
This document is unknown to all. . .
It shouldn't be you.
Give him the papers.

GERMONT
after flying over her
Sky! What am I discovering! All of your belongings
do you want to rob yourself!
Oh, your past, why does it make you the accused?

VIOLETTA
full of enthusiasm
She doesn't exist anymore ... now I love Alfredo,
and God erased them because I repented.

GERMONT
Noble feelings, indeed!

VIOLETTA
Oh how pleasant to me
Your words sound!

GERMONT
rises
And from these sensations
I ask a sacrifice.

VIOLETTA
rises
Oh no, be silent ...
You would certainly ask for something terrible ...
I guessed it ... I was waiting for you ... I was too happy ...

GERMONT
Alfredo's father
asks for happiness now, for the future
of his two children.

VIOLETTA
From two children!

GERMONT
Yes.
God gave me a daughter
pure as an angel;
if Alfredo refuses
to return to the bosom of the family,
becomes the young man who loves her and is loved again
and whom she should marry
refuse to connect
that made both happy ...
Oh, do not turn into thorns
the roses of love.
May my requests
Don't resist your heart.

VIOLETTA
Oh, I see ... I'm supposed to be mic
keep away from Alfredo for a while ... painful
will that be for me ... but ...

GERMONT
This is not what I am asking.

VIOLETTA
Heaven, what more do you want? ... I already offered a lot!

GERMONT
But it's not enough ...

VIOLETTA
Do you want me for
Always do without him?

GERMONT
It must be! ...

VIOLETTA
Oh no ... never!
Do you not know what love
burns deep and immeasurably in my heart?
That I am among the living
have no friends, no relatives?
And that Alfredo swore to me
that I'll find it all in him?
Do you not know that my life
is struck by an ominous disease?
That I already see my end approaching?
Should I part with Alfredo?
Oh, this agony is so merciless
I'd rather die

GERMONT
The sacrifice is heavy
but listen to me in peace ...
You are beautiful and young ...
With time ...

VIOLETTA
Oh, don't go on ...
I understand you ... it is impossible for me ...
I want to love him alone.

GERMONT
It may be ... but fickle
is often the human being ...

VIOLETTA
impressed
Great god!

GERMONT
One day if up with the times
the joys of love have evaporated,
weariness will quickly set in ...
What will be then? ... remember ...
The most tender feelings will be for you
not be a boon!
Because from heaven was
this connection not blessed.

V1OLETTA
This is true!

GERMONT
Oh, so may this one
seductive dream melt away ...
Be my family
a comforting angel ...
Violetta, remember
nor would it be the right time.
God himself, you young girl,
gives these words to a father.

VIOLETTA ¨
in extreme pain
(So ​​there is for the wretched - who one day fell -
no voice hoping to ever straighten up again!
Even if you have graciously forgiven God,
Man shows himself inexorably to her.)
Weeping to Germont
Tell the young girl who is so beautiful and pure
that there is a victim of misfortune
with only a ray of happiness left
which it now sacrifices to her, and which will then die!

GERMONT
Yes, cry, unfortunate one ... - I can see
it is the greatest sacrifice I ask of you now.
I already feel your torments in my soul;
Take courage ... and the noble heart will win.

Silence.

VIOLETTA
Now command.

GERMONT
Tell him you don't love him.

VIOLETTA
He won't believe it.

GERMONT
Leave.

VIOLETTA
He will follow me.

GERMONT
Then ...

VIOLETTA
Hug me like a daughter ... like that
I will be strong
They hug each other.
It will be returned to you shortly,
but unspeakably worried. To comfort him
rushes over from there.
She points to the garden and goes to write something.

GERMONT
What do you intend to do?

VIOLETTA
If you did, you would defy my idea.

GERMONT
Your generous ones! ... And what can I do for you?

VIOLETTA
go back to him
I'm going to die! ... He should
Don't curse memory of me
if there is someone who can help him
at least told of my terrible torments.
He should know the victim
that I brought out of love ...
which will last for him until
last sigh of my heart.

GERMONT
No, you generous ones, live
you have to be happy
Thanks for those tears
one day you will receive from heaven;
becomes the victim of your love
to be rewarded;
then you will be on a
be proud of such noble deed.

VIOLETTA
Someone is coming! Go! ...

GERMONT
Oh, my heart is grateful to you! ...

VIOLETTA
We may not see each other again ...

They hug each other.

GERMONT
Be happy ... Farewell! ...

Germont exits through the garden door.


SIXTH SCENE
Violetta, then Annina, then Alfredo.

No. 9 - Scene and Duettino

VIOLETTA
Give me strength, oh heaven!
She sits down, writes, then rings the bell.

ANNINA
You want me?

VIOLETTA
Yes, deliver it yourself
this writing ...

ANNINA
sees the address and is surprised.

VIOLETTA
Not a word about it ... go now.
Annina goes.
And now it's time to write to him ...
What am I telling him? Who will give me the courage to do this?
She writes and seals the letter

ALFREDO
occurs
What you are doing?

VIOLETTA
hides the letter
Nothing.

ALFREDO
You wrote?

VIOLETTA
confused
Yes No ...

ALFREDO
What confusion! ... who did you write to?

VIOLETTA
To you …

ALFREDO
Give me this sheet.

VIOLETTA
No, not now …

ALFREDO
Forgive me ... I'm worried.

VIOLETTA
rises
What was the matter?

ALFREDO
My father has come ...

VIOLETTA
Did you see him?

ALFREDO
Oh no: he left me a strict letter ...
But I am expecting him; he will love you when he sees you.

VIOLETTA
very moved
So that he doesn't surprise me here ...
allow me to move away a little ... you calm him down ...
Barely holding back the tears.
I will prostrate myself at his feet ... ours
He will no longer want separation. . . we will be happy ...
because you love me, Alfredo, don't you?

ALFREDO
Oh how much ... why are you crying?

VIOLETTA
It took tears ... Now I'm calm ...
Forced smile.
Do you see? ... I smile at you ...
I will always be close to you there among the flowers.
Love me, Alfredo, as much as I love you ... Live well1.
She runs into the garden.


SEVENTH SCENE
Alfredo, then Giuseppe, later a servant.

No. 10 - scene and aria

ALFREDO
Oh, this heart lives only for my love! ...
He sits down, takes a book at random, reads something, then gets up and looks at the clock over the fireplace.
It's late: and today maybe will
my father no longer come.

GlUSEPPE
come in in a hurry
The madam has left ...
A carriage was waiting for her, and it is already
on the way to Paris ... Annina
disappeared before her.

ALFREDO
I know calm down.

GIUSEPPE
(What does this mean?)
He goes off.

ALFREDO
You may lose
Speed ​​up all her belongings ... But Annina
will prevent them from doing so.
In the distance you can see the father crossing the garden.
Someone is in the garden!
Who's there?
I want to go out.

SERVICES
at the door
Mr. Germont?

ALFREDO
This is me.

SERVICES
A lady
reached me from a carriage not far from here
this writing ...

He gives Alfredo a letter, receives some coins and leaves.


EIGHTH SCENE
Alfredo, then Germont, coming in from the garden.

ALFREDO
From Violetta! Why am I so moved! ...
Maybe she'll invite me to meet her ...
I shudder! ... O heaven! ... courage! ...
He opens and reads.
"Alfredo, on receiving this letter ..."
He screams as if struck by lightning.
Ah! ...
When he turns around, he finds himself across from his father, in whose arms he falls with the exclamation:
My father! ...

GERMONT
My son!…
Oh, how much you suffer! ... Dry, oh, dry your tears ...
Return as your father's pride and glory.

ALFREDO
desperately sits down at the table, hides his face in his hands

GERMONT
The sea and the land of Provence - who erased them in your heart?
What fate robbed you of the shining sun of your home country?
Oh, remember in the pain what joy shone there for you;
and that there alone can still shine peace over you.
God guided me!
Oh, you don't know how much your old father suffered ...
When you were away, desolation moved into his house. . .
but if I finally find you, - if hope did not deceive me,
if the voice of honor in you is not yet completely silent,
God heard me!
Hug him.
Don't you return a father's love

ALFREDO
A thousand snakes gnaw my chest ...
Push back the father.
Let me.

GERMONT
Let you!

ALFREDO
determined
Revenge!

GERMONT
Do not hesitate any longer; let's leave ... hurry up ...

ALFREDO
(Ah, it was Douphol!)

GERMONT
Are you listening to me

ALFREDO
No.

GERMONT
So I found you again for free!
No, you will not hear any reproaches;
let us cover the past with the veil of oblivion;
the love that led me
can forget everything.
Come with me you will become your loved ones
to see again with great joy:
Deny to the one who suffered until now
not such a great joy.
Hurry up, a father and
to comfort a sister.

ALFREDO
pulls himself up, accidentally glances at the table, sees Flora's letter and calls out
Ha! ... she's at the party! Let's hurry
to avenge the insult.
He falls away.

GERMONT
What are you saying? Oh stop!
He follows him.


NINTH SCENE
Gallery in Flora's palace, richly decorated and illuminated. One door in the background and two on the sides. On the right in the foreground is a gaming table with everything that goes with it; on the left a small table with flowers and refreshments, various seats and a divan.
Flora, the Marquis, the Doctor, and other guests enter from the left and talk.


No. 11 - Second Final

FLORA
We'll have a happy masquerade tonight:
The little viscount leads them ...
I also invited Violetta and Alfredo.

MARQUIS
Don't you know the news?
Violetta and Alfredo have split up.

DOCTOR and FLORA
Is that supposed to be true? ...

MARQUIS
She will come here with the baron.

DOCTOR
I saw them yesterday ... they seemed happy.
You can hear noise from the right.

FLORA
Still ... do you hear?

ALL
go to the right
The friends have arrived.


TENTH SCENE
The aforementioned and many women dressed as gypsies who come in from the right.

No. 12 - Choir of Gypsies

Gypsies.
We are cute gypsies
and come from afar;
we read everyone
the future out of hand.
When we consult the stars
there is nothing hidden for us
and the future events
we can predict others.

CHOIR I.
We'll see! You, madam ...
They take Flora's hand and look at it.
... have a lot of rivals.
You do the same with the Marquis.

CHOIR II
Marquis, you are not straight
an example of loyalty.

FLORA
to the marquis
Are you still playing the beau?
Well, you should pay me for it. . .

MARQUIS
to Flora
What the fuck do you think ...
The accusation is false.

FLORA
The fox is losing its fur
he does not give up his vice ...
My lord marquis, take care «
or I'll make you regret it.

ALL
Now go on, you spread a veil
about past events;
what happened earlier has happened
let's take care of the future
Flora and the marquis shake hands.


Eleventh SCENE
The aforementioned; Gaston and others dressed up as bullfighters and Spanish picadores come in briskly from the right.

No. 13 - Choir of Spanish Bullfighters

GASTON and BULLFIGHTER
We are bullfighters from Madrid
we are the heroes of the bullring un
just come to Paris to enjoy the noisy festival,
which is celebrated in Paris on the occasion of the boeuf gras;
there is a story; if you want to hear them,
you will find out what kind of lovers we are.

THE OTHER
Yes, yes, you brave: tell, tell:
We shall be happy to hear.

GASTON and BULLFIGHTER
So listen.
Piquillo is a handsome, brave one
Bullfighters from the Bay of Biscay:
Strong the arm, proud the look,
he is the master of the tournaments.
He fell madly in love
in an Andalusian girl;
but the brittle beauty
said the following to the young man:
Five bulls in a single day
I want to see you stretch down to the ground;
and if you win I want you
give hand and heart on your return.
Yes, he said, and the bullfighter
went to the tournaments;
he stretched five bulls
victorious in the sand.

THE OTHER
Bravo, the bullfighter is brave,
he was very brave,
when he is the young girl
in this way proved his love.

GASTON and BULLFIGHTER
Then when he went to the applause
Beautiful of his heart had returned
he earned the coveted price
in the arms of love.

THE OTHER
Know with such evidence
the bullfighters to conquer the beautiful!

GASTON and BULLFIGHTER
But here the cheers are more moderate;
it is enough for us to do it great ...

ALL
Yes, yes happy we want to be ... now let's do it
take up with the changing whims of happiness;
the daring players want
we open the battlefield.
The men take off their masks; some go around and others get ready to play.


TWELFTH SCENE
The aforementioned and Alfredo, then Violetta with the baron, later a servant.

No. 14 - continuation of the second final

ALL
Alfredo! ... Your! ...

ALFREDO
Yes friends ...

FLORA
And Violetta?

ALFREDO
I don't know anything about her.

ALL
Pretty hard-boiled! ... Bravo! ... Come on, you can play.

GASTON
begins to withdraw cards, Alfredo and the others bet

VIOLETTA
appears on the baron's arm

FLORA
go to meet her
You are very welcome to me.

VIOLETTA
I accepted the friendly invitation.

FLORA
I am grateful to you, Baron, for accepting it.

BARON
softly to Violetta
(Germont is here! You see him!)

VIOLETTA
(Heaven! ... It's true.)
I see him.

BARON
dark
You mustn't address a single word to this Alfredo.

VIOLETTA
(Oh, why did I come careless! Have mercy, great God!)

FLORA
to Violetta; lets her take a seat next to her on the sofa
Take a seat next to me; tell me ... What new situation do I see there?

The doctor approaches them while they are talking quietly. The Marquis is keeping aloof with the Baron. Gaston picks up, Alfredo and the others sit down; others walk around.

ALFREDO
A four!

GASTON
You won again!

ALFREDO
bets and wins
Unhappiness in love
means luck in the game! ...

ALL
He always wins! ...

ALFREDO
Oh, tonight I'll win;
and then I return happy
to squander the gold in the country!

FLORA
Alone?

ALFREDO
No, no, with the one who was with me a moment ago
and then left me

VIOLETTA
(My God!

GASTON
to Alfredo; points to Violetta
(Have pity on her!)

BARON
to Alfredo in badly controlled anger
Sir!

VIOLETTA
to the baron
(Control yourself or I'll leave you.)

ALFREDO
from above
Baron, are you calling me?

BARON
You are so lucky that you entice me to play.

ALFREDO
ironic
Yes? ... I accept the challenge ...

VIOLETTA
(What is happening? I feel miserable!)

BARON
puts
One hundred louis d'or on the right.

ALFREDO
puts
And on the left a hundred.

GASTON
An ace ... a jack ... you won!

BARON
Do we double up?

ALFREDO
Double the amount.

GASTON
takes off
A four, a seven.

ALL
Once again!

ALFREDO
The win is really mine!

CHOIR
Bravo for sure! ... Luck belongs entirely to Alfredo! ...

FLORA
I can see that the baron will pay for the stay in the country.

ALFREDO
to the baron
Just go on.

SERVANT
Dinner is ready.

FLORA
Let's go.

CHOIR
comes closer
Let's go.

ALFREDO
If you want to continue ...
Aside one another.

BARON
Now we cannot:
See you later for your revenge.

ALFREDO
In the game you like.

BARON
Let's follow the friends; then ...

ALFREDO
It will be as you wish.
Everyone goes through the middle door - The stage remains empty for a moment.


THIRTEENTH SCENE
Violetta returns breathless; then Alfredo.

VIOLETTA
I asked him to follow me here;
will he come now? ... will he listen to me? ...
It will come because of the terrible hate
can do more in him than my voice ...

ALFREDO
Are you calling me? What do you want?

VIOLETTA
Leave this place ...
You are threatened by a danger ...

ALFREDO
I understand! ... enough, enough ...
And do you think I'm so cowardly?

VIOLETTA
Oh no, never ...

ALFREDO
But what do you fear?

VIOLETTA
I always fear the baron ...

ALFREDO
It's a matter of life and death between us ...
When it falls through my hand
a single blow will be yours
take the protector with the beloved ...
Are you frightened by such a misfortune?

VIOLETTA
But what if it is he who kills?
That is the only misfortune ...
that I fear as fatal!

ALFREDO
My death! ... What are you interested in? ...

VIOLETTA
Oh, go and on the spot.

ALFREDO
I go but swear beforehand
that you can take me anywhere
will follow ...

VIOLETTA
Oh no, never.

ALFREDO
No! No way! ...

VIOLETTA
Go, wretched one.
Forget a name covered in shame.
Go ... leave me right now ...
To avoid you, swore
I take a holy oath ...

ALFREDO
And who could do that?

VIOLETTA
Who had every right to it.

ALFREDO
Was it Douphol? ...

VIOLETTA
with the utmost effort
Yes.

ALFREDO
So do you love him

VIOLETTA
Well ... I love him ...

ALFREDO
angrily rushes to the door and screams
Everyone to me.


FOURTEENTH SCENE
Those previously mentioned and all previous ones who return confused.

ALL
Are you calling us? …What do you want?

ALFREDO
points to Violetta, who is leaning on the table, dejected
Do you know this woman?

ALL
Whom? ... Violetta?

ALFREDO
You don't know
what she did

VIOLETTA
Oh be silent ...

ALL
No.

ALFREDO
All of her belongings needed this one
Woman out of love for me on ...
Blind, cowardly, miserable as I was
I was able to accept everything
but there is still time! . . . From that eyesore
I want to wash myself clean ...
As a witness I call on you
that I paid her here.

With furious contempt he throws a purse at Violetta's feet, who sinks unconscious into Flora and the doctor's arms. At this moment the father appears.


FIFTEENTH SCENE
The aforementioned and Mr. Germont, who appears at the last words.

No. 15 - Largo of the second final

ALL
Oh, a terrible infamy
you committed! ...
A sensitive heart
did you kill so! ...
Common slanderer
the women,
get away from here
you arouse disgust in us.

GERMONT
with dignified zeal
The contempt gives up,
who, if only in anger, offends a woman.
Where is my son? . .. I don't see him anymore:
I can no longer find Alfredo in you.
(I alone among these know what nobility
fills the heart of the unfortunate
I know that she loves him, that she is loyal to him,
and yet I have to be more cruel and silent!)

ALFREDO
for themselves
(Oh yeah! ... What did I do! ... I feel awful.
Furious jealousy, disappointed love
tear my soul apart ... leave no room for reason.
She won't forgive me anymore.
I wanted to escape her ... I couldn't!
Incited by anger, I came here!
Now that I've let out my indignation
I feel miserable remorse.)

VIOLETTA
collects himself again
Alfredo, Alfredo, you can't
grasp all the love of this heart;
you do not realize that I even order you
have shown the price of your contempt!
But the day will come when you will know ...
You will admit how much I loved you ...
May God then save you from your torments of conscience,
even in death I will still love you.

BARON
softly to Alfredo
The terrible abuse of this woman
insulted everyone here, but this abuse
will not go unavenged ... I want to prove to you
that I'll break this pride

ALL
O how much sorrow! ... but be strong ...
here everyone suffers from your pain;
you are only here among dear friends;
dry the flood of your tears.

Germont pulls the son away with him; the baron follows him. Violetta is shown into another room by the doctor and Flora; the others disperse.

THIRD ACT

FIRST SCENE
Violetta's bedroom. In the background is a bed with half-drawn curtains; a window closed by inward-facing shutters; near the bed is a stool on which a water bottle, a crystal goblet and various medicines lie. In the middle of the scene is a dressing table, next to it a sofa; further away another piece of furniture with a night light on; various armchairs and other furniture. The door is on the left; Opposite the spectator is a fireplace with a fire burning.
Violetta is sleeping on the bed. Annina is sitting by the fireplace and is also sleeping.


No. 16 - scene and aria

VIOLETTA
Wake up
Annina?

ANNINA
waking up confused
What do you wish?

VIOLETTA
You slept poor

ANNINA
Yes, sorry.

VIOLETTA
Give me a drink of water.
Annina carries out the assignment.
Look; is it already bright day?

ANNINA
It is seven o'clock.

VIOLETTA
Let in some light ...

ANNINA
opens the shops and looks out onto the street
Mr. Grenvil! ...

VIOLETTA
Oh, that true friend! ...
I want to get up ... help me
She rises and falls back again; then, with the support of Annina, she slowly walks to the sofa; the doctor comes in in time to help her lie down there. Annina brings pillows.


SECOND SCENE
The aforementioned and the doctor.

VIOLETTA
What goodness ... you thought of me early! ...

DOCTOR
do you feel the pulse
How do you feel?

VIOLETTA
My body suffers, but my soul is composed.
Last night a pious priest gave me consolation.
Religion is consolation for those who suffer.

DOCTOR
And this night?

VIOLETTA
I slept soundly.

DOCTOR
So courage ...! The recovery
is not far ...

VIOLETTA
Oh, the merciful lie
Doctors are allowed ...

DOCTOR
shakes her hand.
Goodbye later.

VIOLETTA
Do not forget me.

ANNINA
quietly to the doctor who is accompanying her
How is she sir

DOCTOR
quietly aside
Consumption only granted her a few hours.


THIRD SCENE
Violetta and Annina.

ANNINA
Now just take courage.

VIOLETTA
Is this a feast day?

ANNINA.
All of Paris is beside itself ... it's Carnival

VIOLETTA
Oh, in the general cheering only heaven knows ...
how many unfortunate people suffer! ... How much money
is in that box?
Pointing at it.

ANNINA
opens it and counts
Twenty louis d'or.

VIOLETTA
You give ten to the poor yourself.

ANNINA
There is little left for you then ...

VIOLETTA
Oh, it will be enough for me;
then look for my letters.

ANNINA
But you? ...

VIOLETTA
I don't need anything ... hurry up if you can ...


FOURTH SCENE
Violetta alone.

VIOLETTA
pulls a letter out of her robe
You kept your promise ... The duel
took place! The baron was wounded
but he's doing better ... Alfredo
is abroad; Your victim
I revealed to him myself;
he returns to you for forgiveness;
I'll come too ... Take care ... you deserve
a better future.
Giorgio Germont.
Deeply saddened.
It is too late!…
She rises.
I wait, I wait ... and they never come! ...
She looks at herself in the mirror.
Oh how changed I look
But the doctor exhorts me to still hope! ...
Ah, with such a disease all hope is lost.
Farewell, beautiful serene dreams of the past,
the rosy face has already turned pale;
Alfredo's love, I miss it
as consolation and support for the tired soul ...
Oh, hear the wishes of those who have gone astray;
oh, forgive her; take it up, oh God, now it's all over.
The joys, the pains will soon end
the grave is the end of all for mortals!
My grave will know neither tears nor flowers
no cross with the name that covers the bones!
Oh, hear the wishes of those who have gone astray;
oh, forgive her; take it in, oh God.
Now everything is over!
She's sitting down.


No. 17 - Bacchanal Choir

CHOIR OF THE COSTUMED PEOPLE
outside
Place the four-legged
Lord of the feast,
he has flowers and vine leaves
wreathed the head ...
Place the tamest
of all horned animals,
Horns and whistles
should greet him.
Parisians, make way
for the triumphal procession of the Boeuf gras.
Neither Asia nor Africa
saw the most beautiful
Fame and pride
every butcher. . .
Happy masks,
jolly fellows
everyone applauds him
with song and sound!
Parisians, make way
for the triumphal procession of the Boeuf gras.


FIFTH SCENE
The aforementioned and Annina, who comes back in a hurry.

No. 18 - scene and duet

ANNINA
hesitant
Madam!

VIOLETTA
What's up?

ANNINA
Is it true that you feel better today? ...

VIOLETTA
Yes why?

ANNINA
Do you promise to be quiet?

VIOLETTA
Yeah what you wanna tell me

ANNINA
I want you one
announcing unforeseen joy ...

VIOLETTA
A pleasure! ... did you say?

ANNINA
Yes Ma'am…

VIOLETTA
Alfredo! ... Oh, did you see him? ... He comes! ... urge him to hurry.
Annina nods in the affirmative and goes to open the door.


SIXTH SCENE
Violetta, Alfredo and Annina.

VIOLETTA
goes to the exit
Alfredo!
Alfredo appears pale with excitement; both fall around their necks and shout.
Dear Alfredo!

ALFREDO
My Violetta!
I am guilty ... I know everything, my love.

VIOLETTA
I know that you are finally given back to me! ...

ALFREDO
Find out from this heartbeat whether I love you;
I couldn't live without you anymore.

VIOLETTA
Oh, if you found me alive again
you have to believe that pain can't kill

ALFREDO
Forget the suffering, adored woman,
forgive me and my father.

VIOLETTA
Should I forgive you? I am the culprit;
but only love made me like it

ALFREDO
No man or demon, my angel,
can ever part with you again
Paris, beloved, we shall leave
together we will go through life:
You will be compensated for the suffering suffered,
your health will blossom again.
You will be a breath of life and light to me,
the whole future will be with us.

VIOLETTA
Oh, no further, to a church, Alfredo, let's go
Thanks for your return let's say ...
She wavers.

ALFREDO
You turn pale ...

VIOLETTA
It's nothing, you know
unforeseen joy touches a sad one
Heart never without exciting it ...
She sits down on an armchair, exhausted, her head falling back.

ALFREDO
holds her upright with horror
Great god! . . . Violetta! ...

VIOLETTA
strained
It is sudden nausea. It was weakness! now i'm strong ...
With an effort.
Do you see? ... I smile ...

ALFREDO
distressed
(Oh, cruel fate! ...)

VIOLETTA
It was nothing ... Annina, give me something to wear.

ALFREDO
Now? ... wait ...

VIOLETTA
stands up
No ... I want to go out.
Annina presents her with a dress that she wants to wear; hindered by her weakness, she exclaims.
Great god! I can not!
She throws down the dress angrily and falls on the armchair.

ALFREDO
to Annina
Sky! ... what do I see! ...
Get the doctor.

VIOLETTA
to Annina
Tell him that Alfredo
returned to my love ...
Tell him I still want to live
Annina goes. - To Alfredo
But if you didn't save me by your return
no one on earth can save me.
Stand up impetuously
Great god! To die so young
me who have suffered so much!
To die when I'm close
to dry my long-shed tears
oh, a delusion
was my inhuman hope;
in vain I have my heart
armed with steadfastness!
Alfredo! ... Oh, a cruel ending
is reserved for our love!

ALFREDO.
O my breath of life and heartbeat,
Bliss of my heart! ...
I have to tear my tears
mix with yours ...
But more than ever believe me
I need steadfastness.
Oh, your heart can relax completely
do not turn away from hope.
My Violetta, calm down
your pain is killing me
Violetta sinks onto the sofa.


LAST SCENE
The aforementioned, Annina, Mr. Germont and the doctor.

No. 19 - Last Final

GERMONT
enter
Oh, Violetta!

VIOLETTA
You, my lord!

ALFREDO
My father!

VIOLETTA.
You don't forget me?

GERMONT
I keep the promise ...
To hold you to my heart like a daughter, I come
O generous ones ...

VIOLETTA
Oh, you're too late!
She hugs him.
Nevertheless, I am grateful to you
Grenvil, do you see? In the arms of those I die
who are dear to me on earth ...

GERMONT
What are you saying!
looks at Violetta
(O heavens ... it's true!)

ALFREDO
Do you see her father

GERMONT.
Don't torture me anymore ...
Remorse is already too much for my soul ...
Each of her words hits me like a bolt of lightning ...
Oh, I careless old man!
Oh, all the evil that I did I only see now!

VIOLETTA
meanwhile has struggled to open a secret compartment in the dressing table, pulls out a medallion and says
Come closer to me ... hear me, dear Alfredo.
Take; this is the picture
from my days gone by;
it should keep you coming back to the
remember who loved you so much.
When a chaste virgin i
the prime of their years
should give you her heart ...
should she be your wife ... I want it that way.
Give her this picture:
Tell her it's the gift
of the one who is in heaven with the angels
pray for her and for you.

ALFREDO
No you won't die, don't tell me that ...
You have to live my beloved ...
To such a terrible torment
God did not lead me here ...
So fast, oh no, can me
death does not separate from you.
Oh, you shall live; same stretcher
will take me in with you too.

GERMONT
My dear, noble sacrifice
a desperate love
forgive me the pain
that I prepared for your good heart.

GERMONT, DOCTOR and ANNINA.
As long as my eyes have tears
I cry for you
Rise up to the blessed spirits;
God calls you to himself.

VIOLETTA
rises again, revitalized
It is strange!…

ALL
What!

VIOLETTA
The agony
the pain cease.
Grows in me. . . enlivens me
an unfamiliar force!
Ah! I am returning to life ...
She starts up.
O joy!

She falls back on the sofa.

ALL
Oh heavens! ... she is dying!

ALFREDO
Violetta! . . .

ANNINA and GERMONT
Oh god, help her ...

DOCTOR
after taking her pulse
She is different!

ALL
O pain!