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Good vocal performances
on 25 July 2011
I must admit, La Traviata is not one of my favourite operas and this may colour my opinion.
Gheorghiu and Vargas both sing superbly. I did however feel somewhat unconvinced by their performance and could not get engaged in the drama to the same degree I could with, say, Stratas and Domingo (and this despite Gheorghiu singing a far better Violetta). Perhaps it's the gaucheness of the La Scala staging that sucks out the life.
Still, your mileage may vary. It's spectacular, colourful for sure and well sung. Just lacks soul.