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La Traviata: Salzburg Festival (Rizzi) [Blu-ray] [2009]

Anna Netrebko , Helene Schneiderman , Brian Large    Exempt   Blu-ray
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Anna Netrebko, Helene Schneiderman, Diane Pilcher, Rolando Villazón, Thomas Hampson
  • Directors: Brian Large
  • Writers: Alexandre Dumas fils, Francesco Maria Piave
  • Format: Classical, DVD-Video
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: German, English, Italian, French, Spanish, Chinese
  • Dubbed: English
  • Region: All Regions (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: Decca
  • DVD Release Date: 26 May 2009
  • Run Time: 132 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001MRMRS8
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 36,064 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Together with her stage partner Rolando Villazon, Anna Netrebko captivated the world of opera with sensational performances in the Salzburg Festival's production of La Traviata. Over 1.5 million viewers in Austria and Germany watched the TV broadcast of La Traviata's premiere in August 2005.

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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
From 2005 this recording brings together Netrebko and Villason at their best. Thomas Hampson's brilliant performance is the icing on the cake.

Anna Netrebko is vocally exquisite and physically so gorgeous that she is totally believable. So gorgeous in her white slip that there is a danger (for men) of forgetting you are watching an opera.

Rolando Villason is absolutely brilliant both vocally and in his acting. Recorded before his throat surgery it gives a glimpse of a career that could have equalled or bettered Pavarotti's I hope he recovers and continues to match his pre-operation performance.

Thomas Hampson gives one of his best ever performances IMHO and helps to make this recording one of the best, if not the best one on blu-ray or DVD.

The blu-ray quality is excellent. The simple staging of this version seems to lend itself well to hi def.

Sound wise the Dolby 5.1 HD is very good. I listened to it on Sony 7.1 3D headphones and it was superb.

The production may not be to everyone's taste. No big dresses and big collars, no lush scenery but it really works and I found it very refreshing. I think I own 7 La Traviata's and this is my favourite.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
By Nigel Mc TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Back in the days of vinyl records I could always rely on the quality of Deutsche Grammophon records to deliver a quality of sound which was generally better and less prone to the hiss and crackle which pervaded most records. This hallmark of quality seems to have transferred to their range of Blu-ray recordings - The Berlin Concert, Manon, Le Nozze di Figaro, Romeo et Juliette and La Traviata being obvious examples. All these dvd's share exemplary audio and visual quality as well as a decent menu system that actual delivers what most customers want! This latter feature is often taken for granted but I have found numerous examples of unfriendly menu's - as for example on the very recent 25th Anniversary Concert of Les Miserable!

But high fidelity and video quality are not the only things to look for when choosing which Traviata to buy. Potential purchasers of this version can be reassured by the fact that tickets for this performance at the 2005 Salzburg Festival were oversubscribed 8 fold and that black market tickets reached record prices. Everyone wanted to see the `dream couple' perform in this innovative new production.

Traditionalists should probably look elsewhere because you are likely to be disappointed with this version. The set is minimalist in the extreme with 4 bland sofas and a large clock being the sole items of furniture. However, for me this approach worked and it does concentrate your attention on the things that really matter - the singing and the acting.

Both lead singers are on magnificent form and Netrebko's velvety pure tone has rarely sounded better. The lead singers are all convincing actors and in this performance greater emphasis is placed on the pure joy of Violetta and Alfredo's initial relationship.
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Eva Mei's voice has matured, gaining body and expressive power, and here she manages to go to the heart of the character in a powerful, subtle and beautifully sung Violetta. She has all the notes and sings them with feeling and full dramatic awareness. In fact she could teach a lesson or two to more promoted divas of today as Fleming or Gheorgiu. Beczala is a marvelous Alfredo, with a powerful lyric voice and plenty of "squillo", used with great sensitivite and, though he is not as good dramatically as Mei, he certainly creates a credible character. The big dissapointment for me is the Germont of Thomas Hampson. He's a great singer and I have enjoyed many of his recordings, but he never seemed entirely right for Verdi. Here he offers a very stentorian and unidiomatic performance, failing to catch the moral nastiness of the character and portraying a feeble bourgeois, often aimlessly moving around the stage and confusing being forceful with being plain loud. Subtlety seems foreign to him this night. The producction is not intrusive, but not particularly interesting either. The orchertra sounds well. Still a top rate for the excellence of the two central characters.
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20 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars lucy's dad da 30 Oct 2006
A Beautiful production, this salzburg 2005 recording of La Traviata is a sensation. Your emotions will be riding high throughout this performance. Netrebko as Violetta and Villazon as Alfredo really do look good together, both are superb actors but most importantly their singing is a dream to listen to. the modern day setting is very colourful and thought provocking especially the massive clock that shows Violetta's time ticking away, very symbolic! Bonus DVD is very enjoyable and imformative, it really shows that Rolando and Anna have good fun interacting together. I can't wait for their next Opera together.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding 14 Feb 2013
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I was not a great fan of Anna Netrebko until converted by this recording. Ms Netrebko's Violetta is sexy as well as passionate and the production loses few opportunities to show off this attractive singer looking her youthful best. Villazon is equally appealing as Alfredo and, as actors as well as singers, they make a credible, modern and "hot" couple.This is perhaps as well, for the reason that the set is minimalist and there would otherwise not be much to look at.

The singing is as good as any other production that I have seen and never falters but, to get the most out of it, you may need to improve your TV's sound or play the music through a HiFi system, as I do. This brings out DG's sound engineering skills, which I have found patchy on other labels or early recordings. I have several film / video versions of La Traviata but this is the one that I would keep if I had to choose only one.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Absolutely superb!
Published 1 month ago by Maija Liberte
1.0 out of 5 stars A disappointment
The music is superb, the singing i superb. But... the total experience is a disappointment.

This production is a modern one. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Torbjörn Gerhardsson
4.0 out of 5 stars A production for the Verdi devotee
Regarded as a national treasure in culturally remote Switzerland but recognised with a shudder by many opera lovers Zurich Opera is nothing if not controversial. Read more
Published on 30 April 2012 by trottman
3.0 out of 5 stars Charmless
Unlike Tristan or Aida, La Traviata should work well enough 'out of period'. In fact I find the rococo trappings of most period set versions rather distracting. Read more
Published on 25 Oct 2011 by Mr. Mark R. Irving
3.0 out of 5 stars D. W. Neill
Why to some directors need to create a production that makes nonsence? e.g. the Libiamo chorus with all the chorus dressed as men is rediculous. Read more
Published on 29 Aug 2011 by D. Neill
1.0 out of 5 stars Where is the conductor?
I can find no mention in the text or in any of the reviews as to who conducted this production. Was it performed without one? Unlikely. Read more
Published on 28 April 2011 by Mr. D. M. Blyth
5.0 out of 5 stars Verdi La Traviata (Blu-ray) (2009) Nebreko/Villazon
Not only is Anna Netbreko slim and pretty, but she sings impeccably, with tremendous instinctive acting ability. Read more
Published on 18 Mar 2011 by Derek Vernon-morris
5.0 out of 5 stars A miracle of direction and performance
On blu-ray this is as near to perfection as you could hope for. One feels that at last Verdi's great opera has been given the direction and performance it has always longed for. Read more
Published on 5 Jun 2010 by Russ
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Anna
After my own recording of same performance, it was stunning to see what Blu-Ray can do with a wonderful performance. Both singers are acting, and singing superp as always. Read more
Published on 12 Dec 2009 by Gunnar Andersen
5.0 out of 5 stars lovely to look at
I'm not the worlds best authority on opera but I loved everything about this ,the three principle singers were super,and I just loved the setting,mainly though I adored Anna... Read more
Published on 24 Oct 2009 by Stephen F. Wilkins
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