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Verdi: La Traviata [DVD] [2012]

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  • Format: Classical, Colour, DVD-Video, PAL
  • Language: Italian
  • Subtitles: English, German, French, Spanish
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: EMI
  • DVD Release Date: 12 Mar 2012
  • Run Time: 138 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B006LPI0KU
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 32,382 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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London Symphony Orchestra, Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir
Louis Langrée (musical direction) / Jean-François Sivadier (stage direction)
Natalie Dessay (Violetta Valey)
Ludovic Tézier (Giorgio Germont)
Charles Castronovo (Alfredo Germont)
Silvia de La Muela (Flora Bervoix)
Adelina Scarabelli (Annina)
Manuel Nunez Camelino (Gastone de Letorière)
Kostas Smoriginas (Barone Douphol)
Andrea Mastroni (Marchese d Obigny)
Maurizio Lo Piccolo (Dottor Grenvil)
Recorded at the Théâtre de l Archevêché, Aix-en-Provence Festival, 2011

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Buy this for Dessay 10 Jun 2012
Format:DVD
Natalie Dessay is an artist whom I admire greatly for her singing, acting, intelligence and musicianship. This performance is ample reason why. Here is a well-sung and compelling acted performance of one of opera's more challenging roles. At times I thought her characterization was a bit edgy - on the verge in a manner more suited to Lucia than to Violetta - but, still, it's a thoughtful and valid portrayal. Her singing is technically brilliant (as in "Sempre libera") and deeply moving ("Addio del passato") where needed. I was particularly pleased that she takes both verses of both her arias. The last several performances of I've seen in the theatre have used these erstwhile traditional cuts.

Miss Dessay is well-matched in the Alfredo of Charles Castronovo. He has a pleasing lyric voice and shows a commendable empathy for a not altogether sympathetic character. His singing is tasteful and involved, though he does come close to losing the high C at the end of his second act cabaletta.

The most serious drawback to this performance is the Giorgio Germont of Ludovic Tezier. To my ears, at least, his voice is dry and colourless and his technique a bit dicey. Add to this that he shows about as much emotion as if he were singing listings from the telephone directory and you'll understand the damage he does in the great second act scena with Violetta. He's no better in his briefer appearances later in the opera.

Even the comprimarios are a pretty sorry lot. It's obvious why these persons are singing with the principals and not as the principals. Perhaps Mr. Tezier would have been better with them.

The updated setting adds nothing to the work and detracts slightly from it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A challenging rethink 19 Sep 2012
Format:DVD
One of the most powerful Traviatas around. Unconventional yes, but unlike the recent Salzburg/Met prodction, incredibly moving. It might take two or three viewings to get to the bottom of the producer's concept but well worth the trouble as repeated viewings enhance the quality of the whole thing. The entire cast - down to the smallest roles - is admirable. The scene between Violetta and Germont heartrending and wonderfully sung. The very end is shattering - not un til the final bar do you know what the denoument will be. Having seen this at Aix in 2011 and being bowled over by it I wasn't sure how it would fare on DVD but it completely confirms my first impressions. I can be equally enthralled by a great 'traditional' Traviata, e.g. the Gheorgiou/Solti Covent Garden one but that doesn't mean that a powerfully thought through production like this cannot be equally mesmerising. It just helps to prove that Traviata still has the power to speak to us eloquently in the 21st century as much as in times past.
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I love Dessay (there – interest declared) and I love her portrayal of Violetta, but..well, is hers the right voice for the role? Thus I started this review (Amazon, for some reason, think my comments worthwhile). I needn't have been so mealy-mouthed - in a recent interview (posted on YT by focusonfrenchcinema) Dessay said that she had never had the right voice for Violetta – and still hasn’t (apart from Act 3). Nevertheless, this is a remarkable performance: she's out of her comfort zone at certain climactic moments, most importantly in “Amami Alfredo” (though it's surprising how few Violettas get this right); also “Ah perche venni, incauta” etc. These aren't delivered with full impact, but generally the artist-musician overcomes the inappropriateness of her vocal instrument.
This Violetta is a “famous for being famous” celeb (very minor), knowing she is dying, using gin to escape reality. She sings (superbly) both verses of “Ah fors e lui”, wondering, in spite of herself, if Alfredo really would... following this with a brutally self-mocking “Povera donna etc ..”, rushes for the gin (removed by her PR agent) and launches into a defiant “Sempre libera” (surprisingly, slightly out her comfort zone) collapsing into Alfredo’s arms (a bit cheesy – her, or the director's, artistry has its off moments): but it all makes the swift transition to Act 2 Sc 1 more understandable. BTW Violetta is obviously older than Alfredo (and less good-looking): as were Garbo with Robert Taylor in “Camille” and Fonteyn with Nureyev in “Marguerite and Armand” – dramatic truth didn’t suffer there, nor does it here (those who think this unrealistic should stop watching DVDs and get out more).
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great production and singing 17 Mar 2013
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I was initially unsure how much I would enjoy this production as it is in modern dress, however I thoroughly enjoyed it. There is minimal scenery but the tone palette of the costumes is beautiful. Natalie Dessay is a heartrending Violetta and sings superbly.
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