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Verdi: La Traviata [DVD] [2011] [NTSC]

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  • Format: Classical, Colour, DVD-Video, PAL, Widescreen
  • Language: Italian
  • Subtitles: Italian, English, German, French, Spanish
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: Arthaus
  • DVD Release Date: 29 Mar. 2011
  • Run Time: 146 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004KDO2MK
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 149,324 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

Product Description

Product Description

Lorin Maazel conducts the Orchestra and Chorus of the Teatro la Fenice in this 2004 performance of Giuseppe Verdi's classic opera. It tells of the tempestuous relationship between the consumptive Violetta and her young admirer, Alfredo - a relationship fated by society's disapproval. This production features performances by Patrizia Ciofi, Roberto Sacca and Dmitri Hvorostovsky.

Review

Dmitri Hvorostovsky's magnificent Giogio Germont steals the show,while there's solid conducting from Lorin Maazel. Performance *** Recording *** --BBC Music Magazine,Aug'11

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There's a tendency now for some producers, when confronted with some of the best-known and popular works, to strip them of all the fat that has been gained over the years through lazy convention. Verdi's opera, the only one he wrote with a contemporary subject (although even that was eventually denied him by the censor), is one that could certainly withstand and perhaps even benefit from a fresh perspective, as Willy Decker's production for Salzburg (now currently at the Met in New York) demonstrated. This somewhat minimally staged 2011 Oper Graz production by Peter Konwitchny certainly puts a different emphasis on the score and the drama, but unfortunately cuts it back so much that it loses much of its true essence.

Personally, I find Marlis Petersen, singing the role for the first time, wonderfully refreshing in the role of Violetta Valéry. Her principal Act 1 aria 'Ah fors è lui' and cabaletta are sung beautifully, purely and without mannerisms, credibly sifting through the conflicting emotions, while her Act 3 'Addio del passato', is just as effective and affecting. Going against more common interpretation, Giuseppe Varano's Alfredo Germont isn't the cocky young man or the impetuous hothead as seen recently on recordings featuring Ramón Vargas, Rolando Villazón or Joseph Calleja. Here, he's a bespectacled nerd, a bookworm in a duffel coat, a shy, inexperienced romantic dreamer who seeks inspiration in his books of poetry. His voice isn't as strong as the aforementioned tenors either, but, by the same token, the performance consequently loses all the operatic mannerisms and finds a way to express more realistically the inner nature of his character.
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...Ciofi, Hvorostovsky, Sacca, and Maazel. Was it for productions such as this 'nightclub' TRAVIATA that La Fenice was rebuilt? I won't waste your time describing a 'modern-dress' production where more flesh than 'dress' is displayed (for the sleazy details, see the enthusiastic 5-star reviews on the US site). If you insist on a modern staging of this opera, get the 2005 Salzburg DVD, far more elegant and stylish than this vulgar interpretation. No stars.
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A very strange production with very odd features but vocally it is superb. Watch with your enemies closed if you hate this as much as I!
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