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La Traviata: The Royal Opera House [DVD]


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  • Actors: Angela Gheorghiu, Frank Lopardo, Leo Nucci, Leah-Marian Jones, Gillian Knight
  • Directors: Humphrey Burton, Peter Maniura
  • Writers: Francesco Maria Piave
  • Producers: Jan Younghusband, Jane Pleydell-Bouverie, Stephany Marks
  • Format: Classical, Closed-captioned, Colour, Dolby, DVD-Video, PAL
  • Language: Italian
  • Subtitles: Chinese, French, English, Spanish, German
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: Video London
  • DVD Release Date: 13 Jun 2005
  • Run Time: 134 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0009AM5I6
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 38,562 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Sir Georg Solti conducts the Royal Opera Chorus and the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House for this production of Verdi's famous opera, performed at the Royal Opera House in December 1994. Angela Gheorghiu, Frank Lopardo and Leo Nucci head the cast.

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4.3 out of 5 stars

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105 of 107 people found the following review helpful By Hovsep on 25 Oct 2002
Format: DVD
This is the most thrilling and moving performance of this opera I have ever seen or heard. Angela Gheorghiu is heartbreaking and mesmerizing as Violetta. Maybe Verdi wanted his heroine to look like Gheorghiu on stage. She is simply perfect.
One must recognize Sir Georg Solti's contribution as well.
Overall, the production is magnificent. The sound recorded in 5.1 channels is a pleasure to listen to and the picture quality is also perfect. But the real gem in this production is Angela Gheorghiu.
I highly recommend this DVD!
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98 of 103 people found the following review helpful By Per Nyberg on 29 Dec 2003
Format: DVD
Some opera buffs of a bygone era relentlessly claim that "Callas will always reign supreme as Violetta".Be that as it may, the truth is that is is hard indeed for us belonging to a new generation of opera lovers to imagine a better interpretation, vocally AND dramatically, than the one provided by Angela Georgiou on this very fine DVD. Good-looking she certainly is (beats Callas here by a slim margin, a man's humble point of view..) and her acting is supreme and utterly convincing as well. And as for her singing, her natural coloratura skills are very impressive indeed, although perhaps not as naturally flowing as they were for the Greek-American soprano. And her intonation is much more reliable (few would disagree on that one!).
Lopardo does a good job as the young Germont. Not in the same league as his mistress, of course... but quite reliable most of the time.
Nucci is good, well, actually more than good.
The production is devoid of disturbing anachronisms such as punk rockers, AIDS-replacing-TBC-as-cause-of-death inventions and that sort of garbage. We are grateful for that.
Solti is in very good form, not at all hard-driven but sensitive and precise at the same time.
In all, as much as I admire the legacy of the great Maria Callas: Buy this DVD and meet a new generation of very capable and very convincing performers on the operatic stage. And above all: Meet Angela Georgiou in a role that suits her perfectly!
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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful By D. Robinson on 26 Mar 2008
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This is the opera that shot Georgiu to stardom. It's easy to see why, with her combination of acting, looks and singing. Violetta is a very difficult role, it places very different demands on the singer in each act. Georgiu isn't quite ideal for act 1, but after that she's really in her element. You can practically see the paternal pride in Solti's face as he watches his young protegee bloom. Surely the definitive Traviata.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By M. Joyce TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 28 Nov 2010
Format: DVD
This is, of course, the production which propelled Angela Gheorghiu to international stardom and rightly so, as both her singing and acting are absolutely spellbinding. The resolutely traditional production is nevertheless very effective and its success is due in part to the casting of singers who look right for their parts. I am not a particular fan of either Frank Lopardo or Leo Nucci, but they both do well here, especially the latter. Smaller parts are taken by Covent Garden regulars and it is especially good to encounter those most communicative of performers, Gillian Knight and Richard van Allan. Sir George Solti conducts lovingly.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Miranda James on 26 Aug 2010
Format: DVD
This performance of Violetta (the heroine of La Traviata) justifiably established Angela Gheorghiu as a great operatic talent.

Ms Gheorghiu has the added physical advantage of looking the part of a doomed courtesan. Most importantly, her voice has many colours which she used with great intelligence in this performance.

The scene where death is close is particularly affecting.

This DVD is a must for anyone who loves opers
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By schumann_bg TOP 100 REVIEWER on 21 Oct 2013
Format: DVD
This version of La Traviata seems close to perfection, certainly the best I have seen. First there is the magnificent singing of Angela Gheorghiu, who has a high-octane gleam on her voice that reminds me of Callas in its intensity. There is something metallic in the tone, but it can also be brought down to a ravishing softness; it is a beguiling sound world and one that fully engages the emotions from the first note. As it happens she also looks ideal for the role of Violetta, being relatively young, but not too much, so that there is a sense of sophistication and experience, yet she is very beautiful with her fiery looks and beautiful lustrous hair. The male leads are both very good, but it is she who lifts the production, I think. The other key figure is Solti, who matches her with his tremendous fire and rhythmic elan. Everything is whisked compellingly into shape, and he knows how to move on through the phrases in a way that holds it together as if there is no other way. The third element is the set design, which is fairly amazing, never more so than when the curtain first rises on a most elegant round interior with a disc open to the sky in the centre. A glass figure of a female form is then brought in on a superb golden bowl, looking like a gravity-defying jelly; I half-expected someone to take a spoonful of it at some point but it remained intact without even a wobble. Later scenes were equally stylishly decorated, for instance Act Two, which can be a bit of an anti-climax from this point of view, had beautiful lighting coming from a French window at the side.Read more ›
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