Piave and Verdi wanted to follow Dumas in giving the opera a contemporary setting, but the authorities at La Fenice insisted that it be set in the past, "c. 1700". It was not until the 1880s that the composer's and librettist's original wishes were carried out and "realistic" productions were staged. La traviata has become immensely popular and is among the most frequently performed of all operas.
Violetta - Joan Sutherland
Alfredo Germont - Luciano Pavarotti
Giorgio Germont - Matteo Manuguerra
London Opera Voices
Richard Bonynge - conductor
DECCA - 1981