Opera Speaks: La Traviata Then and Now – Vancouver Opera

Opera Speaks: La Traviata Then and Now

Opera Speaks: La Traviata Then and Now

Opera Speaks: La Traviata Then and Now

When it premiered in 1853, audiences were scandalized by the tragic story of Violetta, a courtesan who falls in love with the son of viscount. By centering the opera on Violetta, Verdi sparked conversation across Europe about prostitution and its place in society while also contributing to the romanticized vision of courtesans that was popular at the time.

More than 150 years later, La Traviata is a reminder that art and entertainment continue to represent a fictionalized version of sex work. This extremely relevant panel conversation will explore both the historical context of the opera and the impact of modern-day portrayals of sex work on sex industry workers. 

Featuring speakers from the B.C. Coalition of Experiential Communities and the University of British Columbia.

Thursday, October 10
7:00pm – 8:30pm
Montalbano Family Theatre, Central Library, Vancouver Public Library
350 West Georgia
This is a free event