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Verdi - La Traviata [Levine, Metropolitan Orchestra] [DVD] [NTSC]
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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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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.
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 !!!
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.
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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Still very engaging and beautiful to look at. Good acting from Domingo.Published 16 days ago by HSJ Foster
I bought this last July and have just opened it to play it. There is no sound whatsoever - only pictures. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Richard Johnson
I first saw this production in the cinema in London in the late 80's. I loved it then and love it even more now. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Margaret Mercier
Good timing, good condition, beautiful opera, and on top of that, it's Zefferelli! What more could you ask for?Published 9 months ago by Zoia Olubas
This film on ch4 quite a few years ago, opened my eyes to opera and its thrall - fantasticPublished 11 months ago by Mr. Christopher Morton