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This review is from: Verdi - La Traviata [Levine, Metropolitan Orchestra] [DVD] [NTSC] (DVD)
As a film, of course, this is done the wrong way round. The music is the star, is all important and everything else revolves around it. The music is wonderful, and the sets are huge and magnificent to go with it. They are sumptously dressed, the lighting is colourful and extravagant and even the interlude in the country is idealised: soft focus softly coloured with white doves and beautiful flowers. Against this spendid setting we have the tragic love story of Alfredo and Violetta. Domingo is tall and handsome and sings beautifully and Stratas is feminine and fragile. She acts amazingly with her voice as she gently moves towards her death. The production is magnificient. No expense has been spared and it is a resounding success. Was it is the first opera film? I saw it when it first came out and it was mind-blowing then and all this time later it is still amazing.