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Verdi: La Traviata -- Domingo/Zeffirelli [DVD]


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  • Directors: Franco Zeffirelli
  • Format: Classical, PAL
  • Subtitles: English, German, French, Spanish, Italian
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: Tdk Mediactive
  • DVD Release Date: 2 Dec 2002
  • Run Time: 139 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00007J4XZ
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 56,680 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Franco Zeffirelli directs this production of Verdi's opera, recorded live in Busseta, Parma in 2002. Stefania Bonfadelli and Scott Piper take the lead roles, with Placido Domingo conducting the Orchestra and Chorus of Fondazione Arturo Toscanini.

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The dream-team combination of Plácido Domingo in the pit with Franco Zeffirelli as set-designer and director pays handsome dividends in this compelling live recording of La Traviata. The 2002 staging is from the intimate Teatro Giuseppe Verdi in the composer's home town of Busseto, a theatre in which promising young performers and players are often given a chance to work with more established artists. But judging from the clear, fresh voices and impressively mature stagecraft skills of both Stefania Bonfadelli and the handsome Scott Piper, they won't need a helping hand for much longer. Piper in particular has a wonderfully full, ringing tone and--heaven be praised!--a sensitive, intelligent pianissimo. Using period costumes, a minimum of props and a few sliding Perspex panels, Zeffirelli creates a handsome, small-scale production and as a director rarely puts a foot wrong--although simply by looking you wouldn't exactly be able to guess how Violetta earns her living. The young orchestra's inexperience shows through occasionally, but Domingo's sensitive accompanying skills (after all, Alfredo is a role he has sung many times himself) compensate for this.

On the DVD: La Traviata is presented in 16:9 ratio, with LPCM Stereo, AC3 Digital 5.1 and DTS 5.1 sound options. The picture quality is clear without being lustrous, but the small-scale staging never feels too cramped. There is a documentary about the making of the production and the relevance of the town of Busseto in Verdi's life. The opera has subtitles available in English, German, French, Italian and Spanish. --Warwick Thompson

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mhr on 31 Mar 2010
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This is a live recording of a performance at Theatro Giuseppe Verdi in Bussetto, near the birthplace of Verdi, in 2002. The stage is small, and the whole action takes place on steps in the centre, making the stage look even more cramped. But, the sets produced by Franco Zeffirelli are handsome. The production was also directed by Zeffirelli.

The star of this performance is Stefania Bonfadelli. She is not an international star, but she looks the role, acts naturally and sings very beautifully. In the opening scene, she already looks rather ill as one of the earlier reviewers noted. But, her health evidently improves slightly thereafter.

Scott Piper (Alfredo) is OK, but I sometimes feel that he is not always perfect in intonation and does not totally identify himself with his role. I would prefer a singer with a bright and firm timbre (bel canto) for this role.

Renato Bruson (Germont senior) - a veteran Verdi baritone - is excellent, singing with a firm tone and deep feelings. Following the famous aria about Provence, sung to his son in Act 2, he receives a long and enthusiastic applause.

Placido Domingo's conducting is good, although the small orchestra does not produce a sonorous sound as we normally expect from a large opera house orchestra. But, this cannot be helped. On the whole, this is an enjoyable recording and is a valuable addition to other larger-scale versions such as the one by Solti (with Angela Gheorghiu).
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By mick tal on 20 April 2005
A refreshing difference to see Domingo in the pit instead of on the stage. He conducts well and sensitively, though there is non of the antics of his Fledermaus production, when he actually sang a couple of lines while conducting!
But the stars here are of course the two young leads. I've never heard of either but it's clear they will both go far.
The previous review is completely irrelevant to this DVD, and refers instead to another production in which Domingo sings, along with Stratas and Levine at the Met.
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By Vincenzo Agnusdei on 24 Mar 2009
I started my opera experience with this DVD "La Traviata" with Stefania Bonfadelli and Scott Piper directed by that master who is Zeffirelli.
I was not an opera fan but now I'm thanks expecially to Stefania Bonfadelli. I watched other playing of her role but I think she is a pure Violetta not only in the way she sings but also for her look, gazing and moving. Perferct ***** (five stars).
Scott Piper interpretation grows during the play and I think was perfect.
Bruson as the father of Alfredo was terrific
Last but not least Zeffirelli was able to put together a perfect cast and a beautiful scenery.
A must see.
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By Cyprus living on 9 July 2012
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This was not the film version we thought we were ordering but a stage version directed by Placido Domingo. Great anyway and my mother (for whom the DVD was bought) thoroughly enjoyed it.
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