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La Traviata - Giuseppe Verdi [Teatro La Fenice 2004] [DVD]

Patrizia Ciofi , Roberto Sacca , Robert Carsen    Exempt   DVD
3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Patrizia Ciofi, Roberto Sacca, Dmitri Hvorostovsky
  • Directors: Robert Carsen
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: Italian
  • Subtitles: German, English, Italian, Spanish, French
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: TDK UK Ltd
  • DVD Release Date: 3 Oct 2005
  • Run Time: 146 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000BA8ECU
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 221,859 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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The dream-team combination of Plácido Domingo in the pit with Franco Zeffirelli as set-designer and director pays handsome dividends in this compelling live recording of La Traviata. The 2002 staging is from the intimate Teatro Giuseppe Verdi in the composer's home town of Busseto, a theatre in which promising young performers and players are often given a chance to work with more established artists. But judging from the clear, fresh voices and impressively mature stagecraft skills of both Stefania Bonfadelli and the handsome Scott Piper, they won't need a helping hand for much longer. Piper in particular has a wonderfully full, ringing tone and--heaven be praised!--a sensitive, intelligent pianissimo. Using period costumes, a minimum of props and a few sliding Perspex panels, Zeffirelli creates a handsome, small-scale production and as a director rarely puts a foot wrong--although simply by looking you wouldn't exactly be able to guess how Violetta earns her living. The young orchestra's inexperience shows through occasionally, but Domingo's sensitive accompanying skills (after all, Alfredo is a role he has sung many times himself) compensate for this.

On the DVD: La Traviata is presented in 16:9 ratio, with LPCM Stereo, AC3 Digital 5.1 and DTS 5.1 sound options. The picture quality is clear without being lustrous, but the small-scale staging never feels too cramped. There is a documentary about the making of the production and the relevance of the town of Busseto in Verdi's life. The opera has subtitles available in English, German, French, Italian and Spanish. --Warwick Thompson

Product Description

Lorin Maazel conducts the Orchestra and Chorus of the Teatro la Fenice in this 2004 performance of Giuseppe Verdi's classic opera. It tells of the tempestuous relationship between the consumptive Violetta and her young admirer, Alfredo - a relationship fated by society's disapproval. This production features performances by Patrizia Ciofi, Roberto Sacca and Dmitri Hvorostovsky.


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4.0 out of 5 stars A different approach that is not for everybody 11 April 2012
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In 1994 at Covent Garden I was among those fortunates who enjoyed Angela Gheorghiu's landmark performance as Violetta in La Traviata. I came away with the conviction that Violetta was an educated, elegant courtesan whose position of influence was such that her services were reserved for the titled and influential and that her needs were discreetly provided by a revolving door of seriously wealthy protectors. Verdi's recommendation that the opera should be staged as a contemporary affair was made at a time when social systems were very different from the present day and consequently the opera's interests continued to be best served by a staging that reflected the 1850s or thereabouts.

The 2004 production of the opera staged at the Teatro La Fenice successfully challenges such assumptions from the very opening scene when we see Violetta being paid in cash by an ever extending line of clients. It is soon made obvious that the top drawer of the profession is firmly closed and that Violetta's services are available to the many. The most generous presents may come from the Baron Douphol but he does not enjoy exclusive rights. The production is full of surprises including an obsession with money. Money is everywhere; it litters the stage floor in act 2 when, bearing a famous image of the composer, it also drops down from the heavens; it is stuffed into the flimsy costumes of the dancers and Annina is obligerd to pay for the visit of Dr Grenvil in cash. A telling moment is when Giorgio Germont, believing that he has succeeded in his designs, attempts to force money on Violetta. The lady rejects this unappreciated action with contempt. The surprises continue throughout the performance right up to the final curtain when workmen arrive to decorate Violetta's sickroom.
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1.0 out of 5 stars My condolences to... 6 May 2010
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...Ciofi, Hvorostovsky, Sacca, and Maazel. Was it for productions such as this 'nightclub' TRAVIATA that La Fenice was rebuilt? I won't waste your time describing a 'modern-dress' production where more flesh than 'dress' is displayed (for the sleazy details, see the enthusiastic 5-star reviews on the US site). If you insist on a modern staging of this opera, get the 2005 Salzburg DVD, far more elegant and stylish than this vulgar interpretation. No stars.
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1.0 out of 5 stars My deepest condolences to... 11 July 2007
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...Ciofi, Hvorostovsky, Sacca, and Maazel. Was it for productions such as this 'nightclub' TRAVIATA that La Fenice was rebuilt? I won't waste your time describing a 'modern-dress' production where more flesh than 'dress' is displayed (for the sleazy details, see the enthusiastic 5-star reviews on the US site). If you insist on a modern staging of this opera, get the 2005 Salzburg DVD, far more elegant and stylish than this vulgar interpretation. No stars.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Superb ! 8 Mar 2011
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This is a modern dress production by the always interesting Robert Carsen. He shows that this great opera can be as relevant to today as it was when Verdi and Piave wrote it. Ciofi is stunning. Verdi said it should be performed in "contemporary" dress and how right he was. For an alternative to what you might be used to, do not hesitate. The Willy Decker production from Salzburg with Netrebko on DG is also superb, very high concept and another modern view. I have both.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A NEW TRAVIATA 13 May 2009
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La Fenice in Venezia open its doors in 2004 after the burning. What could be a better choice for the event?? Verdi's Traviata transposed for modern times with the scene set in a "ladies" house. The text and scenario gains a new life and the show is not at all sacrified by this innovative look at Verdi's master piece. Patrizia Ciofi is elegant, expressive and makes a great theatrical approach (what a scene at the opening part in the bed with all the money bills!). Roberto Sacca and particularly Dmitri Hvorostovsky have great performances. Absolutely to keep at a special shelf at home.
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