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La Traviata, by Giuseppe Verdi (Teatro alla Scala, Milano 2008) [Blu-ray] [2010] [Region Free] [NTSC]

Angela Gheorghiu , Ramon Vargas , Liliana Cavani    Exempt   Blu-ray
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Angela Gheorghiu, Ramon Vargas, Roberto Frontali, Natascha Petrinsky, Lorin Maazel
  • Directors: Liliana Cavani
  • Format: Classical, Colour, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: Italian
  • Subtitles: English, German, French, Spanish, Italian
  • Region: All Regions (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: Arthaus Musik
  • DVD Release Date: 1 Feb 2010
  • Run Time: 134 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00361DR4Q
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 15,998 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Lorin Maazel conducts the Orchestra and Chorus of the Teatro Alla Scala for this 2007 production of Verdi's 'La Traviata' at the Teatro Alla Scala in Milan. Soloists include Angela Gheorghiu, Ramon Vargas and Roberto Frontali.

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verdi:la traviata - blu-ray movielanguage: italiansubtitles: english, italian, german, french


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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars OPERA AT ITS BEST 4 Jun 2010
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
I already own a Traviata on DVD bought a few years ago with a different production and location.
Blu ray brings you closer to the stage than you can imagine.
Being filmed in what is arguably the best Opera House in the world, with singers at the peak of their career and with the magnificent La Scala acoustics is wonderful enough, but add to this the high definition and superb 7-channel DTS sound and if you, like me, enjoy Italian Opera then you're in for a treat.
Angela is superb as Violeta and Vargas again is not too taxed as Ergmont. The orchestra under Maazel sounds rich, you'd think they are playing in your living room. Besides all that it is excellent value for money
One to cherish. ENJOY!!
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35 of 37 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An absolute bargain 6 May 2010
Format:Blu-ray
When I saw the price of this disc I was suspicious that it might not be the complete opera; rest assured it is the whole work, with the bonus of tasters of other HD issues.
La Scala's production can be described as traditional and sumptuous - sets, costumes, lighting, makeup, direction etc. all first class. The two main principals, Angela Gheorghiu and Ramon Vargas need no introduction, while Roberto Frontali as Giorgio Germont has a fine voice, younger-sounding than is sometimes found in this part. Lorin Maazel holds everything together expertly and draws some fine playing from the La Scala orchestra.
Gheorghiu and Vargas are in fine voice, and sing their solos most affectingly. She acts her heart out, from flashing eyes to quivering bosom, while he moves well but does not always carry the part in his facial expression; he does show a little more emotion after a well-deserved slap from his stage father in the finale to act 2.
The minor solo parts, and the renowned La Scala chorus, are all excellent. The La Scala audience is generous in its appreciation and gets curtain calls after each act.
Picture quality is as good as I have seen, with just a little movement judder very occasionally from my Oppo player. Shots are well-chosen, vision control very good. I have seen criticism elsewhere of the audio balance between soloists and the rest, but I would disagree. I wish I could say that the sound of La Scala is faithfully reproduced, but since I haven't had the pleasure of being in the audience in Milan I can only say that the sound is natural and believable.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful 21 Feb 2010
By Steenbz
Format:Blu-ray
Although in some respects I prefer Gheorghius version with Solti, this is yet an other example of her wonderful and to my opinion very complete interpretation of Violetta. Vargas is a pleasure to listen to. Picture quality amazing.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good, but a little stuffy 22 Sep 2010
By Keris Nine TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
There's no question that this version of La Traviata for the Teatro alla Scala is a quality production on many levels and, available at a budget price, the Blu-ray is nevertheless of a very high standard, but I have a few minor reservations, mainly around the lack of any sense of adventure in the staging. It's a safe production with a perfectly traditional staging, unimaginatively presented and choreographed, with little to distinguish it from countless other productions of the opera available.

It's harder to be critical of the actual performance on any other level than that of personal taste and Angela Gheorghiu doesn't sit well with me. There's no doubting her technical ability, the sheer control or the strength of her voice, but personally, I find it a little mannered, and I would say the same about her acting. As a result, her Violetta never feels as fragile or as vulnerable as she ought to be - at least from what I would expect of the role. There's no chemistry whatsoever either with the otherwise fine Ramon Vargas as Alfredo, making this production technically strong, but emotionally weak.

By way of comparison, I find the Willy Decker staging of the opera for the 2005 Salzburg Festspiele La Traviata much more interesting and innovative. A rather minimalist staging, there is however great originality in how it makes the story meaningful, vital and contemporary (whereas this version feels a little bit stuffy and practically like a museum piece by comparison), drawing out all the latent passion and violence out of what should indeed be a highly charged opera.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Production 4 Oct 2010
By Gillis
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
Despite the low price, this is a remarkable performance of the Opera, with great sound and quite a good picture, although the bitrate is a little low for High Definition.
Certainly it's not the Solti's Traviata, in spite of the presence of Angela Gheorghiu, but it's musically excellent from any point of view.
The stage direction of Liliana Cavani is far from the extravagance of some of her pictures. On the contrary, it is imaginative and fit beautifully the spirit of the opera.
Subtitles in German, French and Spanish, as stated in Amazon information.

The sleeve promises 70 minutes of highlights from operas and ballet. Excerpts mostly of minor opera productions.
Not very interesting.
Excellent Production, though, at a very reasonable price.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars A Disappointing Traviata
I found this a complete disappointment. The production is good and Maazel and the orchestra are excellent. However, I think the performances do not rise above the routine. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Colin W
5.0 out of 5 stars La Trav
well what can you say a joy, although Im no expert on Opera this was amazing I could stop watching, I usually fall asleep or end up in a coma watching Opera but this was good. Read more
Published 4 months ago by JAMES
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding.
If you want to feel you are actually at Last Scala.....order some good Italian
food and a good bottle of Pinot Grigio, some good company and dream away... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Cookie
4.0 out of 5 stars EXCELENT PRODUCTION AT LA SCALA
The production is the same as in the older recording, with Fabbricini and Alagna, but image and sound are far better. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Jorge
5.0 out of 5 stars Breathless
Angela Gheorghiu and Ramon Vargas are excellent, both as singers and as actors!
Buy this and you won't be disappointed. This is how it should be done!
Published 7 months ago by Torbjörn Gerhardsson
5.0 out of 5 stars Great artists
A lovely performance of La Traviata That great Verdi opera with exceptional artists too In blue ray almost as good as being there with my surround sound.
Published 10 months ago by Roy Spackman
5.0 out of 5 stars As tuneful as any musical
Even non-opera devotees will recognise some of the 'tunes' scattered throughout this wonderful opera. All the better in BR & HD.
Published 19 months ago by Garwood Yardley
5.0 out of 5 stars A more mature interpretation compared with her earlier version with...
This production, performance and recording of La Traviata made under Maazel at La Scala intriguingly and especially comes into direct competition with Gheorghiu's own earlier... Read more
Published on 21 Nov 2011 by I. Giles
5.0 out of 5 stars Superlative - the only real challenge to her earlier set with Solti!
This production, performance and recording of La Traviata made under Maazel at La Scala intriguingly and especially comes into direct competition with Gheorghiu's own earlier... Read more
Published on 9 Nov 2011 by I. Giles
5.0 out of 5 stars Best value Blu-ray Opera available
This is a superb value high quality blu-ray both visually and soundwise. The staging and performances match the quality of any you will get on blu-ray with the exception of the... Read more
Published on 31 Aug 2011 by Trev-R
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