First performed on March 6, 1853 at the La Fenice opera house in Venice, Giuseppe Verdi’s La Traviata is one of the staples of the operatic canon. It’s based on a novel by French writer Alexander Dumas, and concerns the tragic story of a Paris courtesan named Violetta and her suitor Alfredo who are denied their chance at happiness by the social pressures and prejudices of life in aristocratic France in the 17th century.

Today and Sunday at the RPL Theatre a broadcast of a London Royal Opera production of Verdi’s classic will be shown, Curtain is at 2 p.m. both days, and tickets are $15 Adults, $12 Seniors, Students $10.  

To give you a taste, here’s an excerpt from a orchestral presentation of the opera which was held at La Fenice in Vienna in 2013: