I was delighted to be in Verona a couple of weeks ago, listening to Verdi’s La Traviata at the Arena, a superb Roman amphitheatre built in the first century AD. From a privileged poltrona… 

… so close to the where the action took place, Act 1 was by far the most exciting for a neophyte of my calibre. Love and mystery, classism and its nuances, passion and booze, again love and booze and drama and then death, we got it all ...

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