Apart from being one of Verdi’s most well known opera’s, it is also one set in Paris. This has to be one of the most dazzling lead performances of the Parisian opera played perfectly here by Anna Netrebko (who will be here in Paris at the beginning of May!). It’s a point of debate whether this famous Parisian character, Violetta, is celebrating her right to declare her freedom or whether, simply, she is in a desperate place of making sense of a clearly complicated love life. Whatever the case, the aria makes for a perfect welcome to the weekend! Or better still, it encapsulates a great attitude to embody for the weekend – that of Violetta deliberately intending to take control of her worries (albeit for a short time in her case) and to simply enjoy life. Hello to the long weekend – as they always are each week in Paris!