Yves Abel conducts the Royal Opera House and Chorus in this live performance of Verdi's tragic opera. Saimir Pirgu stars as Alfredo, the son of bourgeois father Giorgio (Luca Salsi) who persuades Violetta (Venera Gimadieva), Alfredo's love, to leave him as she is of a lower station and threatens the reputation of the family. Although distraught, Violetta agrees and breaks off her relationship with Alfredo. A heartbroken Alfredo determines that Violetta must be in love with another man, the Baron Douphol (Yuriy Yurchuk), and so publicly humiliates her. Unbeknownst to him however, Violetta is gravely ill.