Verdi and the undoing of women

@article{Kerman2006VerdiAT,
  title={Verdi and the undoing of women},
  author={Joseph Kerman},
  journal={Cambridge Opera Journal},
  year={2006},
  volume={18},
  pages={21 - 31}
}
  • J. Kerman
  • Published 1 March 2006
  • Art
  • Cambridge Opera Journal
For a brief period in his career, Verdi wrote operas about compromised or ‘fallen’ women, women condemned for their sexuality: not only Lina in Stiffelio and Violetta in La traviata, but also – if we take into account the way their men regard them – Lida in La battaglia di Legnano, Luisa in Luisa Miller and Leonora in Il trovatore. These women suffer or die. Gilda also dies, in Rigoletto, ultimately a victim of her sexual availability. This essay examines Verdi's contribution to ‘the undoing of… 
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