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The Opere Collection: La Traviata

by Morgan Sheets

The backside of a La Traviata record.
Photo copyright – hansthijs

In the new Aldo Bernardi Opere collection of  “Le Magie dell’ Elefante”, each light fixture or family of light fixtures is named after an opera composed by either Verdi or Puccini. Today, I am going to highlight one of the most beloved opera’s, La Traviata.

La Traviata was written by Giuseppe Verdi and set to an Italian libretto by Francesco Maria Piave.  Translated, the title literally means The Fallen Woman or Woman Who Goes Astray.  It is based on the French play, La dame aux Camelias, adapted from the novel by Alexandre Dumas.

The Camelia flower.
Photo copyright - Renata_Pancich

This three act opera was first performed on March 6, 1853 at the La Fenice opera house in Venice.  Initially, due to an unpopular casting choice for the singer playing Violetta the opera was not well received.   The displeased audience led Verdi to wonder whether it was his poor writing or the ill cast Violetta that was to blame.  Thus, the opera went into revisions and emerged a few years later to much acclaim.  Today, it is one of the most popular and second most performed operas worldwide (according to Operabase).

The main character of the story is Violetta, a famed courtesan from Paris who lives a life of leisure, and though she is courted by a Baron she maintains her independence and freedom and has never fallen “victim” to love.  This all changes as Alfredo, a friend of a local count, professes his love and devotion to Violetta as well as his concern for her fragile state of health.  Initially, she turns him away because she is unwilling to give up her current lifestyle and fears that fate will only thwart her love and happiness.  However, she soon changes her mind as Alfredo’s advances seep into her heart and she decides that the prospect of a sincere and true love is worth giving everything away for and risking the pain and devastation of another dissapointment in her life. For those who have not seen this opera I do not want to give away too much.  Just know that it is a story of love found, lost, and regained.

An ode to Violetta
(note: that was not the original concept for this photo, simply this usage)
Photo copyright – Morgan Sheets/J.Escalante

I had the pleasure of seeing this opera performed last Friday by the Indianapolis Opera at Clowes Hall.   Since we’ve released this line of lighting I’ve been very intrigued by the opera’s themselves and finding a connection between the light fixtures and the opera’s which they were named after.   I’m still a bit unclear about these connections and if they truly exist but in my musings I have noticed a few resemblances.  For one thing,  the shades of the Aldo Bernardi La Traviata series of lights seems to mimic the petal of the Camelia flower.  Also, the gently sloping curve of the shade is reminiscent of the style of the dress highlighted in the opera which accentuates and gently exaggerates the curve of a woman’s hips.  In my eyes, Aldo Bernardi is similar to Verdi as well.  Although his lighting has been widely successful in Europe and has received accolades, I don’t think his genius has truly been recognized yet.  I see this timeless and classic yet forever modern family of La Traviata sconces  as withstanding the test of  time just the same as the opera that it has taken its name from.

LAR 178 – La Traviata – Aldo Bernardi sconce

LAR 179 – La Traviata – Aldo Bernardi sconce

LAR 180 – La Traviata – Aldo Bernardi sconce

LAR 181 – La Traviata – Aldo Bernardi sconce

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In the Press : New Aldo Bernardi Collection Le Magie ‘dell Elefante

by Morgan Sheets

We quietly released the new Aldo Bernardi collection Le Magie ‘dell Elefante this spring and it has been very well received.   Thank goodness for the warm and sunny welcome because this gray and gloomy Spring weather was dampening our spirits.

The new Le Magie ‘dell Elefante collection is a casual take on Aldo Bernardi’s classic collection with the same farmhouse modern meets rustic chic feel.  The line is a great solution for the current demand of sophisticated yet relaxed comfort in the luxury market.

Like all Aldo Bernardi lighting, Le Magie dell’ Elefante  is designed and manufactured in a small village located northwest of Venice, Italy, in an area renowned for its traditional artisan cottage industries. Le Magie offers everything expected of Aldo Bernardi products: top quality, designs that blend the past with the present need for practicality, versatility, and handcrafted manufacturing but it comes at a more economical price point, which allows for stretching today’s tight budgets. All pieces have been adapted for use in the North American market.

Le Magie dell’ Elefante consists of three collections: Alba (daybreak), Punti di Luce (bright spots) and Opere (opera’s). Mythically, the elephant has been a symbol of wisdom, strength, reliability and longevity and this new casual lighting line by Bernardi reflects these merits with its durability and steadfastness.

This collection is NOT on our website yet, but you can give us a call and we’ll happily send you a catalogue.  Visit our site for contact info – www.carolollier.com.

I could go on and on about how fabulous this new line is but I’ll let the press and blog love speak for itself. :)

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