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From the books of Jane Austen to Carmen, great literature has often been the inspiration behind great music, as this gallery proves...
First a novel, then a play, then an opera – ‘The Lady of the Camellias’ immediately captured Giuseppe Verdi's imagination and he set about putting the story to music. It became the 1853 opera ‘La Traviata’, with the novel's female protagonist Marguerite renamed as Violetta. Pictured is Hong Hei-Kyung, as Violetta in a Metropolitan Opera production.
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