Video from vaimusic of Anna Moffo singing letter scene from La Traviata by Verdi
We listened to the Met Opera broadcast of La Traviata, by Giuseppe Verdi, yesterday morning and cried throughout the second and third acts. What made it worse, that is, sadder, is that we happen to have the libretto in our library, so we were able to follow all the words. This link has a synopsis, but that doesn’t begin to convey the emotion of the actual words.
The most devastating part is near the end, when the dying Violetta reads a letter from her boy friend’s father saying they have heard how ill she is and are rushing back to Paris to be with her. “It’s too late!” exclaims soprano Natalie Dessay, in a heartbreaking combination of anger and despair. You can hear that a million times and still be touched.
Contrary to what some people say, this opera has a great plot, based on a story by famed French author Alexander Dumas fils.
IFO was moved and sad to the point of depression. Right after the opera, she had to go to a social gathering about 25 minutes’ drive away and was too depressed even to turn on the radio. As she drove, she remembered a WSJ article of a few days earlier which said that depression is linked to physical illness – heart disease, atherosclerosis, hypertension, stroke, dementia, osteroporosis and Type 2 diabetes! Day-amm! All that is linked to accelerated aging. Now THAT’S depressing!
Then she remembered some advice for curing depression she had heard several times. The tip: move the muscles of your face to make it smile. That will fool your brain into thinking it must be happy. Hmmm – it was worth a try. It worked!
But speaking of work, her event involved doing multiple interviews for a big writing assignment she had to do. By the time she was through hearing stories from people ages 50+ to 80+ about things they enjoyed doing in the summer, she was in a great mood!
What are the investment lessons we get from this information? Work can make you happy. Face reality, but cheer up! Things will change shortly!