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Brilliant "La Traviata"
on 21 May 2011
Franco Zeffirelli's 1982 film version of Verdi's wonderful opera is, for me, an
all-time classic. Having watched my video recording of a televised transmission,
over a quarter of a century ago, numerous times, I am even more thrilled by this
Using the Prelude to set the scene, with Violetta, close to death, remembering and
visualising the events that had so tragically brought her to this final plight,
Zeffirelli immediately captures our compassion, and the entire production is far more emotionally-charged than any stage version could be, because of the reality
of the locations, scenes and events.
The performances of everyone are as good as one could wish for, especially Teresa
Stratas, whose Violetta is so beautifully sung and acted: she is so believable,
showing her intense love, her great happiness, which is so short-lived, and
finally, her despair with the inevitable tragic outcome, but reunited with Alfredo
and his father just before she died.
Placido Domingo, who was forty-one back in 1982, (how the years have flown!) was
probably at his vocal best then, with excellent singing, and a strong acting
Cornell Macneil, as Giorgio Germont, ranged from the severe, uncompromising
father, determined to thwart the love affair, through to the remorseful,
repentant and forlorn father figure at the tragic end.
The orchestra, under the excellent James Levine, the chorus and dancers were
This is superb, highly emotionally-charged entertainment, and unbelievably
I recommend it to everyone, especially lovers of Verdi's operas, as I am.