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Verdi: La Traviata [DVD] (1993) (German Import) [2001]

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  • Actors: Edita Gruberova, Neil Shicoff, Giorgio Zancanaro, Orazio Mori, Paolo Maria Orecchia
  • Directors: Carlo Rizzi, Derek Bailey
  • Writers: Alexandre Dumas fils, Francesco Maria Piave
  • Format: Classical, PAL
  • Language: Italian
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, German, French
  • 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: CLASSICAL
  • DVD Release Date: 10 April 2000
  • Run Time: 121 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004RJEF
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 85,937 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Carlo Rizzi conducts the Orchestra and Chorus of the Gran Teatro la Fenice in this December 1992 performance of Giuseppe Verdi's classic opera. 'La Traviata' tells of the tempestuous relationship between the consumptive Violetta and her young admirer, Alfredo - a relationship fated by society's disapproval. With Edita Gruberova, Neil Shicoff and Giorgio Zancanero.

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This performance of Verdi's La Traviata comes from the Gran Teatro La Fenice, Venice in 1992. The intimacy and social realism of the story make it one of the most dramatically successful of all operas, while the score contains some of the finest music of the 19th century. Despite the strong production values and well-staged party scenes, any production of La Traviata stands or falls on the performers in the vital roles of the lovers Violetta and Alfredo, and that of Alfredo's father, Giorgio. Here Giorgio Zancanaro is suitably decent and morally serious as Giorgio, and Neil Shicoff makes a strong impression as an ordinary man suddenly overwhelmed by love. The drawback is that--and there is no polite way to say this--Edita Gruberova is not only too old to play the sparkling young society girl, Violetta, but she is a much better singer than she is an actress. She comes into her own in the tragic last act, but is otherwise awkward and uncomfortable when the part requires her to demonstrate confidence and sensuality. This remains a production with considerable merits, but overall a more dramatically, not to say visually, compelling version is that originally broadcast world-wide live from Paris in 2000 starring Eteri Gvazava and José Cura.

On the DVD: The production is presented at 4:3 with above average picture quality for a live opera DVD, and with excellent PCM stereo sound. The disc and booklet both offer a synopsis, but other than the option to watch with or without subtitles there are no special features. --Gary S. Dalkin

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A. HAMILTON-MEIKLE on 11 Feb. 2010
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This production of La Traviata is akin to the finest French grand cru classe. The ingredients have been sourced from the finest places, mixed in exactly the right volumes, and fermented into exquisite beauty. Gruberova does the already fine libretto more than justice and the orchestra and spectacle interpret the opera with sensitivity proportional to the main theme. Verdi himself would have been amazed at the quality exhibited in this production of his 1853 operatic masterpiece and would no doubt have assigned a five star rating to it. I would rate this version of the opera five stars solely on the strength of the closing duet in the final act. Just listen to it!
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30 of 33 people found the following review helpful By carlpage@eircom.net on 20 Mar. 2001
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La Traviata. This is truly a beautiful production of Verdi's ever popular Traviata. It is light airy and lively at the start and gradually takes on the tempo of the unfolding tragedy. The settings are superb and catch the changing mood of the opera right through to the heartrending climax. I am very conscious that we all have our favourite Alfredo, however, one could search far and wide to find a more satisfying performance than this from Neil Shicoff. He gave a beautifully sensitive portrayal of the shy lover, he made full use of his talents. His sincerity as an actor/singer is as always unquestioned. His "Un di felice" in Act 1 and "Lunge da lei" to open Act2 were truly moments to remember. Edita Gruberova was a very sound Violetta. Although a little tentative in her big arias in Act I, she really blossomed in the duets. Her long dramatic passages in Act 2 with Germont were handled with real authority. Geogio Zancanaro was solid throughout in the difficult role of the father. His "Di provenza il mar" was a deserved show stopper. All told I loved this production right through to the heartbreaking climax. The picture quality of this DVD was simply superb and the sound played on "surround sound" equipment was just magic. CP
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By I. Zaneres on 2 Feb. 2012
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The prelude starts by looking round Venice, the auditorium, then the orchestra.
The opening party has pretty good costumes, a rather plain set reliant on soft furnishings. Gruberova sings fine but does not quite look the part, this improves later. Neil Shicoff does not match the character description of a passionate young man. He also has a passing resemblance to Ronnie Corbett, I found this offputting, but his voice is adequate.
In act 2 scene 1 the country house intereior is quite good. Zancanaro appears but his hard baritone is not quite to my taste, and comes over as unfeeling. The father and son Germonts akso appear to be nearly the same age. Gruberova sings her arias quite nicely but her voice is a little thin in the upper register.
Zancanaro though in "Di Provenza Il Mar" does a good job, very pleasant.
In scene 2 the gypsy dancers and fortune tellers are something of a highlight.
Act 3 is the best done, Gruberovas performance here is both strong and moving.
In all Gruberova carries this production.
The booklet is rather good with comprehensive act by act synopses.
My preference is the Marie McLaughlin version from Glyndebourne.
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Whoever made or let neil schicoff wera glasses in this production is a loon
he looked hideous and though edita gruberova is really too old for the role she still looked much better than her love iterest. Giorgio Zanacaro is a classy dad too
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