It's a story as old as time. Boy meets girl, boy's father forces girl to abandon boy so that his sister can get married, boy reconciles with girl just before she dies of tuberculosis. As Alan Chapman said in the pre-show talk, "It's opera. Someone's got to die."
I had heard some grumbling about the fact that the L.A. Opera's version was set in the 1920s, but I thought it worked really well. The set design was gorgeous, and the brief dance pieces were great. Elizabeth Futral, as Violetta, and Joseph Calleja, as Alfredo, did themselves proud. I didn't fall asleep even once.