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Verdi: La Traviata [2011] [DVD] [2010]

Richard Eyre    Exempt   DVD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
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  • Directors: Richard Eyre
  • Format: Classical, Colour, DVD-Video, PAL, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, French, German, Spanish, Italian
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: Opus Arte
  • DVD Release Date: 28 Mar 2011
  • Run Time: 135 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004Q2TWR0
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 56,539 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Antonio Pappano is the conductor for Richard Eyre's production of Verdi's opera staged at the Royal Opera House in 2009. American soprano Renee Fleming heads an all-star cast including Johan Botha, Joseph Calleja, Thomas Hampson and Eddie Wade.

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28 of 31 people found the following review helpful
By Keris Nine TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
Renée Fleming has matured into one of the finest sopranos around at the moment, a true star with a sparkling personality and a velvet-toned voice that is capable of wringing the finest emotions out of works by Strauss and Tchaikovsky that from a lesser singer could sound rather cold and clinical. I wouldn't have thought her voice would be so well suited to Violetta Valéry in La Traviata, and it does take some getting used to, but I think she at least brings a distinct quality to the role with an emotional heart that isn't always necessarily there when a leading diva uses it primarily as a display for her vocal talents. It's served well also by Antonio Pappano's conducting of the Royal Opera House Orchestra in a traditional, but effective production by Richard Eyre.

There's only one way to really measure the true performance of La Traviata however, and that is by the qualities of the soprano. Renée Fleming does seem a little faltering in the first act, the warm enveloping richness of her tone perhaps not quite bringing out the clarity of the Italian diction. The production also seems a little disjointed in Act 1, setting up the great arias well (and is there any opera that has quite so many memorable, technically and dramatically impressive arias?), but not really sure what to do with the performers in between. Fleming's 'È strano ...ah forsè'lui' however is excellent, the soprano most definitely singing it her own way, putting a different complexion and personal interpretation on the opera.

If Act I doesn't flow as well as one might hope, Act II however is superb in every respect - singing, dramatic representation, the precision and timing of the orchestration all played to perfection in both scenes.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hard to find fault with this production 1 Mar 2012
Format:DVD
I watched this production on SkyHD, and enjoyed it so much, was prompted to buy the DVD. The whole production is wonderful, the sets, the costumes but above all the singing. Renee Fleming is sublime, the tenor Joseph Calleja is a wonderful Alfredo, and who could fault Thomas Hampson, the most amazing baritone. There are certainly many La Traviata's out there, but this is definitely one for the collection. A pure gem. Enjoy !
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4.0 out of 5 stars Fleming never better 4 Feb 2012
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The opening set is reasonable, though not exciting, the costumes are in keeping with my idea of the period. Fleming sings this role as if she is completely at home with the character, this is the best role in which I have heard her. Caleja is quite an exciting tenor. In their first duet their mutual passion is completely credible.
In act 2 Caleja sings beautifully in a country kitchen, when Hampson joins in his fine baritone cajoles and slightly threatens as he makes his case. Violetta tugs the heartstrings as she expresses her love for Alfredo. The father and son confrontation is quite well done.
In scene 2 the opening party is alright, but not too exciting. The following drama is good culminating in an excellent ensemble.
Act three finds a very poorly Violetta with some graphic signs of her illness. Her performance is very moving, and moves inexorably to the final ensemble and tragedy.
I have hovered between 4 and 5 stars as this is better than Gruberova at La Fenice, but falls short of McLaughlin at Glyndebourne, on sets and particularly with Brent Ellis as Germont. Having said that, I am pleased to have them both in my collection.
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4.0 out of 5 stars excellent Calleja 1 Mar 2012
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The whole cast of La Traviata was excellent but one shone more than the others and that was Joseph Calleja.
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By I. Giles HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER
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This recording of La Traviata, made at the Royal Opera on two dates in 2009, is essentially a traditional production and features a top calibre cast under the expert baton of Antonio Pappano. The production by Richard Eyre, slightly re-vamped, is essentially the same as that recorded for Gheorghui's first recording with Solti conducting in 1994 and regularly revived ever since.

The current recording provides a particularly strong characterisation of Giorgio Germont given by Thomas Hampson. He has the maturity for the part while still retaining the strength of voice which gives this difficult role the required authority, although morally doubtful, that can often descend to mere bullying. This is a notable portrayal and one good reason for considering this recording.

The next good reason is the musically satisfying portrayal of Alfredo by Joseph Calleja. He voice has the tonal characteristics that blend well with those of Fleming and together they make a convincing vocal partnership.

Renee Fleming reprises the role she made just a few years earlier with Villazon and she demonstrates a rather more emotionally developed portrayal of the role. Although of more mature years than that of the role she has nevertheless retained an astonishing level of youthfulness and beauty in her personal appearance that reduces the obvious age gap between herself and Alfredo to a remarkable degree. Her voice has a creaminess that is very attractive and she is able to act the role well and it is in that respect that, in my opinion, she demonstrates the development over her earlier portrayal with Villazon.

The orchestra responding to the inspiration and guidance of Pappano has made enormous improvements over the years and now is second to none.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I couldn't believe this!
Brilliant! The opera was new to me I had't heard it before but I had read the synopsis.. It was Renee Flemings's opera all the way - as it should be. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Dudley F. Martin
5.0 out of 5 stars gardener.
Loved every minute of this dvd. Every one of the cast performed well (especially Joseph Calleja) and the heroine really looked ill and dying in the final scene. Excellent value.
Published 10 months ago by gardener
5.0 out of 5 stars Verdi: 'La Traviata'
A spectacular performance all round. Renee Fleming sings Violetta superbly.The only betterment would be to be in the audience itself.
Published 18 months ago by Pauline Brace
4.0 out of 5 stars A good workhorse
It was my very good fortune to be present at Covent Garden in November 1994 to witness an early performance of this famous production. Read more
Published on 6 May 2012 by trottman
5.0 out of 5 stars Fleming and Calleja - a perfect combination
I am a great fan of both the singers who compliment each other so beautifully singing one of the most beautiful operas. It is a real joy to watch and listen to. I love it!
Published on 11 Oct 2011 by madcow
5.0 out of 5 stars Verdi, La Traviata, Renee Fleming, DVD
This is my second DVD copy of this opera, and much better than the other. I only wish other members of the family were as interested in opera as I am so that we could share... Read more
Published on 28 Sep 2011 by Ella
5.0 out of 5 stars music lover
one of the best recordings ever of this opera, fleming is superb, and have got great support from the entire cast.
Published on 12 Sep 2011 by s robinson
4.0 out of 5 stars Bad wig day
The Royal Opera House had a big hit with this opera in the 1990s with Angela Ghiorghiu in the title role. Read more
Published on 18 May 2011 by Leonardo
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