Bronxville Adult School

Divas & Dinner: Dining with the Courtesans - A Culinary Look at the Real La Traviata MA17 

Divas & Dinner: A Culinary Look at Food and Opera
Join professionally trained chef, food historian and opera aficionado, Carl Raymond on a journey through some of the world’s most popular operas with an eye toward how food plays a role in the drama both on and off stage. These illustrated talks will include lively notes and anecdotes from food as well as operatic history that will lead to a deeper understanding of some of opera’s most beloved characters.

Dining with the Courtesans: A Culinary Look at the Real La Traviata
Many opera aficionados know the tale of Marie Duplessis, the real life courtesan who served as the inspiration for La Dame aux Camellias by Dumas fils and who in turn became the inspiration for Verdi’s consumptive heroine. The Paris of the original story is the glittering Paris of the 1830s and ‘40s fueled by the French love of the new pastime, dining in public and hosting grand entertainments in their sumptuous bourgeois townhouses. We’ll look at the grand scenes from Verdi’s La Traviata, from the dinner accompanied by Alfredo’s famous drinking song to the evening of gaming in the third act, and discuss what would have been real and what the real Violetta would likely have known.

Sessions: 1
Dates: 12/4/2018 to 12/4/2018
Meeting Time: 
Tuesday  7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Location:  The Bronxville School
Instructor: Carl Raymond
$25.00   (Class Fee)
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