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La Traviata AffairOpera in the Age of Apartheid$
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Hilde Roos

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780520299887

Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2019

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520299887.001.0001

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The La Traviata Affair: From Courtesan to Lover

The La Traviata Affair: From Courtesan to Lover


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La Traviata Affair

Hilde Roos

University of California Press

Chapter 2 deals exclusively with the group’s First Arts Festival, during which the group’s historic performance of La Traviata—as the first production of this opera by a non-European cast—took place. The preparations for the festival, the festival itself, and, more importantly, the aftermath and political fallout of their performance for apartheid’s government dignitaries are presented. The chapter illustrates how the nature of the group’s political compromise is large ignored.

Keywords:   La Traviata, non-European cast, opera and politics, May Abrahamse

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