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Verdi: La Traviata -- Royal Opera House [DVD] [NTSC] [2001]

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  • Actors: Angela Gheorghiu, Frank Lopardo, Leo Nucci, Richard Van Allan, Mark Beesley
  • Directors: Humphrey Burton, Peter Maniura
  • Writers: Alexandre Dumas fils, Francesco Maria Piave
  • Producers: Peter Maniura, Jan Younghusband, Jane Pleydell-Bouverie, Revel Guest
  • Format: Colour, PAL, Full Screen
  • Language: Italian
  • Subtitles: English, German, French, Chinese
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: Decca
  • DVD Release Date: 12 Mar. 2001
  • Run Time: 134 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (57 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000059QY3
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 14,721 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Sir Georg Solti conducts the Royal Opera Chorus and the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House for this production of Verdi's famous opera, performed at the Royal Opera House in December 1994. Angela Gheorghiu, Frank Lopardo and Leo Nucci head the cast.

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This is the most thrilling and moving performance of this opera I have ever seen or heard. Angela Gheorghiu is heartbreaking and mesmerizing as Violetta. Maybe Verdi wanted his heroine to look like Gheorghiu on stage. She is simply perfect.
One must recognize Sir Georg Solti's contribution as well.
Overall, the production is magnificent. The sound recorded in 5.1 channels is a pleasure to listen to and the picture quality is also perfect. But the real gem in this production is Angela Gheorghiu.
I highly recommend this DVD!
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Some opera buffs of a bygone era relentlessly claim that "Callas will always reign supreme as Violetta".Be that as it may, the truth is that is is hard indeed for us belonging to a new generation of opera lovers to imagine a better interpretation, vocally AND dramatically, than the one provided by Angela Georgiou on this very fine DVD. Good-looking she certainly is (beats Callas here by a slim margin, a man's humble point of view..) and her acting is supreme and utterly convincing as well. And as for her singing, her natural coloratura skills are very impressive indeed, although perhaps not as naturally flowing as they were for the Greek-American soprano. And her intonation is much more reliable (few would disagree on that one!).
Lopardo does a good job as the young Germont. Not in the same league as his mistress, of course... but quite reliable most of the time.
Nucci is good, well, actually more than good.
The production is devoid of disturbing anachronisms such as punk rockers, AIDS-replacing-TBC-as-cause-of-death inventions and that sort of garbage. We are grateful for that.
Solti is in very good form, not at all hard-driven but sensitive and precise at the same time.
In all, as much as I admire the legacy of the great Maria Callas: Buy this DVD and meet a new generation of very capable and very convincing performers on the operatic stage. And above all: Meet Angela Georgiou in a role that suits her perfectly!
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This is the opera that shot Georgiu to stardom. It's easy to see why, with her combination of acting, looks and singing. Violetta is a very difficult role, it places very different demands on the singer in each act. Georgiu isn't quite ideal for act 1, but after that she's really in her element. You can practically see the paternal pride in Solti's face as he watches his young protegee bloom. Surely the definitive Traviata.
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Within this production, the scene in Act 2 where Violetta (Angela Gheorghiu) says goodbye to Alfredo (Frank Lopardo) is, without doubt, one of the most moving performances I have ever seen! Angela Gheorghiu is simply incredible.
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This performance of Violetta (the heroine of La Traviata) justifiably established Angela Gheorghiu as a great operatic talent.

Ms Gheorghiu has the added physical advantage of looking the part of a doomed courtesan. Most importantly, her voice has many colours which she used with great intelligence in this performance.

The scene where death is close is particularly affecting.

This DVD is a must for anyone who loves opers
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This version of La Traviata seems close to perfection, certainly the best I have seen. First there is the magnificent singing of Angela Gheorghiu, who has a high-octane gleam on her voice that reminds me of Callas in its intensity. There is something metallic in the tone, but it can also be brought down to a ravishing softness; it is a beguiling sound world and one that fully engages the emotions from the first note. As it happens she also looks ideal for the role of Violetta, being relatively young, but not too much, so that there is a sense of sophistication and experience, yet she is very beautiful with her fiery looks and beautiful lustrous hair. The male leads are both very good, but it is she who lifts the production, I think. The other key figure is Solti, who matches her with his tremendous fire and rhythmic elan. Everything is whisked compellingly into shape, and he knows how to move on through the phrases in a way that holds it together as if there is no other way. The third element is the set design, which is fairly amazing, never more so than when the curtain first rises on a most elegant round interior with a disc open to the sky in the centre. A glass figure of a female form is then brought in on a superb golden bowl, looking like a gravity-defying jelly; I half-expected someone to take a spoonful of it at some point but it remained intact without even a wobble. Later scenes were equally stylishly decorated, for instance Act Two, which can be a bit of an anti-climax from this point of view, had beautiful lighting coming from a French window at the side.Read more ›
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As a performer myself, I often put this DVD on whilst I get ready, warm-up, apply stage make-up, etc. As a huge Verdi fan, I find this particular production outstanding. Angela Gheorghiu is so breathtakingly beautiful, feminine, strong, passionate, and her voice so faultless that it inspires me every time. Alfredo was a bit wooden at first, I thought, although he's really grown on me, and I enjoy him more each time I watch it!
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