In the house of the courtesan Violetta Valerie reigns noisy fun: Violetta fans celebrate her recovery. Among the guests is Alfred Germon, who recently arrived in Paris from the province. At first glance, he fell in love with Violetta pure enthusiastic love. At the request of the guests, Alfred sings a feast song - the hymn of love and the joy of life. From the adjoining hall we hear the sounds of a waltz; guests rush there. With Violetta, suddenly feeling unwell, Alfred remains. He convinces her to change the way of life, to believe his feelings. Violet gives Alfred a flower by making a date. Guests diverge. Left alone, Violetta excitedly recalls the words of Alfred. For the first time in her life, she experienced a genuine feeling.
The first picture.
Violet and Alfred left Paris and retired to a country house. Here, far from Paris, they found their happiness. Alfred's serene dreams are interrupted by the arrival of the servant Annina, who says that Violetta is secretly selling her stuff. Alfred goes to Paris, hoping to settle money matters. Violetta absently looks at the letters she received. In one of them - an invitation from Flora's girlfriend to a masquerade ball. Violetta indifferently puts him aside. Alfred's father, Georges Germont, appears. He accuses Violetta of leading her son to ruin, ruining the reputation of their family. Violetta is in despair: her love for Alfred is her only joy. She did not have long to live: she is mortally ill. Yielding to Germont’s insistence, Violetta decides to sacrifice his happiness. She writes a farewell letter to her lover. Alfred returned and surprised by Violetta’s excitement and tears. After her departure, he receives a letter that plunges him into despair. Germon encourages his son to return to the family, but he does not listen to him. Alfred notices Flora's note. Now he no longer doubts that Violet left her forever. Overcome by jealousy, he hurries to Paris to avenge treason.
The second picture.
Ball masquerade at Flora. At the card table, among other players, Alfred. Violet enters with Baron Dufol. The colorful hustle and bustle of the ball is foreign to Violet, she is painfully experiencing a break with her beloved. Alfred is looking for a quarrel with Baron. Violet tries to prevent a duel. But Alfred, convinced of her treason, invites guests and at all insults Violetta, throwing money in her face as payment for love.
Broken by suffering and illness, abandoned by friends, Violetta is slowly fading away. Dr. Grenville encourages her, but Violetta knows that the end is near. She rereads a letter to Georges Germont, who reports on the imminent return of Alfred. His father told him about Violetta’s self-sacrifice.
From the street comes a cheerful carnival noise. Run in Annina announces the return of Alfred. The happiness of lovers is limitless; they dream of leaving Paris forever and starting a new life. But the forces leave Violetta. Joy gives way to despair. In the last rush, Violetta rushes to Alfred and dies.