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Verdi - La Traviata [Levine, Metropolitan Orchestra] [DVD] [NTSC]

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  • Actors: Teresa Stratas, Plácido Domingo, Cornell MacNeil, Allan Monk, Axelle Gall
  • Directors: Franco Zeffirelli
  • Writers: Franco Zeffirelli, Alexandre Dumas fils, Francesco Maria Piave
  • Producers: Carlo Lastricati, Tarak Ben Ammar
  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: Italian
  • Subtitles: German, English, Italian, French, Spanish, Chinese
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.37:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: Universal Classics & Jazz
  • DVD Release Date: 12 Nov. 2007
  • Run Time: 105 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000T0XEGS
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 30,372 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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1. Opening Credits / Traviata / Levine 2. Prelude Surround Sound 3. "Dell'invito trascorsa è già l'ora" Surround Sound 4. "Libiamo ne'lieti calici (Brindisi) Surround Sound 5. "Che è ciò?" Surround Sound 6. "Un dì felice, eterea" Surround Sound 7. "Ebben? che diavol fate?" Surround Sound 8. "Si ridesta in ciel l'aurora" Surround Sound 9. "E strano!" - "Ah, fors'è lui" Surround Sound 10. "Follie! Delirio vano è questo!" - "Sempre libera" Surround Sound 11. "Lunge da lei ... De' miei bollenti spiriti" Surround Sound 12. "Alfredo?" "Per Parigi or or partiva" Surround Sound 13. "Pura siccome un angelo" Surround Sound 14. "Non sapete quale affetto" Surround Sound 15. "Un dì, quando le veneri" Surround Sound 16. "Ah! Dite alla giovine" Surround Sound 17. "Imponete" "Non amarlo ditegli" Surround Sound 18. "Dammi tu forza, o cielo!" Surround Sound 19. "Che fai?" "Nulla" Surround Sound 20. "Ah, vive sol quel core" Surround Sound 21. "Di Provenza il mar, il suol" Surround Sound 22. "Avrem lieta di maschere la notte...Di Madridi" Surround Sound 23. "Noi siamo zingarelle - Di Madride noi siam mattadori" Surround Sound 24. "Di Madride noi siam mattadori" Surround Sound 25. "Alfredo! Voi!" Surround Sound 26. "Invitato a qui seguirmi" Surround Sound 27. "Ogni suo aver tal femmina" Surround Sound 28. "Di sprezzo degno se stesso rende" Surround Sound 29. "Alfredo, Alfredo, di questo core" Surround Sound 30. Prelude Surround Sound 31. Teneste la promessa...Addio del passato Surround Sound 32. "Largo a quadrupede" Surround Sound 33. "Signora..." "Che t'accade?" Surround Sound 34. "Parigi, o cara, noi lasceremo" Surround Sound 35. "Ah, non più!" - "Ah! Gran Dio! Morir sì giovine" Surround Sound 36. "Ah, Violetta!" "Voi? Signor?" Surround Sound 37. "Prendi, quest'è l'immagine" Surround Sound Disc 1 - Bonus Features Title Additional Info 1. La Traviata Trailer 2. Mozart22 - Trailer 3. Catalogue Slideshow

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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
DVD version.
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
performance.
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
all brilliant.
This is superb, highly emotionally-charged entertainment, and unbelievably
excellent value.
I recommend it to everyone, especially lovers of Verdi's operas, as I am.
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I saw this filmed version of Verdi's tragedy when it was transmitted by the BBC many Christmas's ago. I fell in love with Placido Domingo that day and my love for this wonderful singer has continued undiminished ever since. I wore out an old VHS tape and was delighted that it was now available on DVD.
Directed by Franco Zefferelli, this is a misty,lavish and traditional production. The role of Violetta is a problematic one by virtue of her circumstances and the fact that she is dying of consumption. Teresa Stratas has the vulnerability and fragility needed for the role. She may not be the best Violetta vocally-Rene Fleming and Anna Netrebko take some beating-but she certainly looks the closest to death at the end. Domingo's Alfredo is lush,sumptuous, poignant and downright gorgeous. As he rushes to Viloetta's side in her last moments, sweeping her up into his arms,his impassioned performance reaches out and grabs you-you swoon, you mourn, he draws out all the pathos and emotion he can. Germont pere, is sung by Cornell MacNeil, strongly and believably. There are some beautiful set pieces, mistily shot, and the film is my favourite out of all the operas Zefferelli has directed. Wonderful romantic stuff-not necessarily the best production-but fabulous nevertheless.
Viva Placido !!!
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Although I enjoy opera I cannot claim to be competent to make judgement on the technical qualities of this DVD. Suffice it to say that I found it to be most enjoyable. What I think your average customer needs to know is that this DVD is actually a run of the film production in 1982, which apparently was much acclaimed. The difference, of course, is that this version is not produced on a stage but in various settings including streets, gardens and houses. One gets the impression at times that the songs have been dubbed and there is not always that belief the the performer is actually singing the words. To some this film version may add to the entertainment value but to others it might seem a little unusual. I found it strange at first but warmed to it with time. I think that the performers were extremely good and the film format allowed the dance scenes to be shown to good effect.
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I guess I start with the fact that this is a movie, not a filmed stage show. That means the sets are lavish, realistic and expansive. The singers move around a lot; there are horses and carriages to take people to Paris; the singing is uniformly well recorded, and Alfredo's family are brought into the opera without interrupting anything. The street band is filmed in a street, and the gypsy dancers have room to move. There are little visual asides, which can only be done in a movie, such as the old woman stealing a small box as the party ends in the first act.

The singers can and do act their parts. Violetta may very well be dying of TB. Teresa Stratas is waif-like, and fits the part perfectly. There's nothing waif-like about her singing, though. She's full-on; as strong as any I've heard. Placido Domingo is youthful here, and again fits the part perfectly, as do the other singers.

I'm told there have been cuts made to this version of La Traviata, but to someone like me, who can't quote the score verbatim, they're not apparent.

In short, if you want to see your opera as well as hear it, you can't go past this recording.
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Musically, this is fine production, though it's probably not the best you could ever buy. What makes it the most utterly amazing filmed opera which I've ever seen, is the way in which Zeffirelli restates and reinforces every musical point with a visual point. For example, in the second act, he even introduces Alfredo's sister as a non-singing, non-speaking part.

I can see that some people might not like this approach; they might say that the pudding is thoroughly over-egged. But, speaking for myself, I was bowled over. (On the other hand, I wouldn't want every film of every opera to be presented in this way - the emotional strain might be too great!)

So, if you like Verdi, this is something which you simply must not miss - even if you view the DVD only once.
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