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.