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06/03/1853 Giuseppe Verdi's Opera "La Traviata" premieres in Venice

La Traviata premiered at the La Fenice opera house in Venice. Premiere was considered a failure by many, even Verdi himself. The audience was not happy with the casting of soprano singer Fanny Salvini-Donatelli in the lead role. At the age of 38, she was considered too old and overweight for the role.