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Traviata
     

La Traviata

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Cast: Angela Gheorghiu, Frank Lopardo, Leo Nucci

 

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Featuring the stunning debut of Romanian soprano Angela Cheorghiu that prompted the BBC to film the opera for posterity, Verdi's romantic tragdy arrives on home video from Universal. Presented in standard 1.33:1 full-screen and featuring both Italian Dolby Digital and PCM Stereo audio options, this disc also offers optional English, Spanish, French, German and Chinese

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Featuring the stunning debut of Romanian soprano Angela Cheorghiu that prompted the BBC to film the opera for posterity, Verdi's romantic tragdy arrives on home video from Universal. Presented in standard 1.33:1 full-screen and featuring both Italian Dolby Digital and PCM Stereo audio options, this disc also offers optional English, Spanish, French, German and Chinese subtitles.

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Barnes & Noble - Patrick Giles
The 1994 Covent Garden presentation of La Traviata -- an utterly superb production directed by Richard Eyre and designed by Bob Crowley -- marked a rare return to this opera house by its onetime star conductor, Sir Georg Solti. It is a triumphant Traviata, one faithful to Giuseppe Verdi's work yet full of new insights and beauties. Moreover, it features a performance by Romanian soprano Angela Gheorghiu that fully deserves viewing, reviewing, and admiration. This was Gheorghiu's first try at one of the most challenging roles in opera, and it's not enough to say that she sings and acts it beautifully. She gives the role that extra investment that Verdi searched for from the performers of his own day: Gheorghiu inhabits the words and music, finding genuine, heartfelt meaning in almost every moment of the opera. She makes this tragedy of a woman who sacrifices herself for love in a world of avarice as moving as it must have been when the work was new. Her voice is not necessarily known as one capable of ravishing listeners by sheer excellence of sound. But Gheorghiu is surprisingly adept singing all the role's pages, and she is not only a convincing actress but (rare for our time) a powerful stage personality -- at once a glamorous diva and an embattled courtesan. With beautiful singing and fine acting from tenor Frank Lopardo and baritone Leo Nucci, plus strong conducting from Solti, this Traviata ensures that, no matter what opera's fortunes may be in our own day, viewers of the future will be able to understand just how and why this genre has meant so much to millions for centuries.
New York Times
This pristine, vibrantly hued video captures a Violetta as brilliant and expressive of voice as she is lovely and vulnerable in character.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/19/2001
UPC:
0044007143193
Original Release:
1994
Source:
Decca
Region Code:
0
Sound:
[Dolby Digital, stereo]
Time:
2:15:00
Sales rank:
38,489

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Scene Index

Side #1 --
0. Act 1
0. Act 2 Scene 1
0. Act 2 Scene 2
0. Act 3

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La Traviata 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
One of the seven operas on DVD released in June 2001 by Deutsche Grammophon is a ''La Traviata'' (071 431-9) from a 1995 Covent Garden production. Here Georg Solti leads the Orchestra and Chorus of the Royal Opera House headed by Romanian soprano Angela Gheorghiu. Critic/commentator Albert Innaurato calls her ''the most complete Violetta on video.'' Now he did not mean the best vocally or even physically or dramatically; but as a whole, she is the most satisfying. Where Stratas looks half dead throughout the Zeffirelli film and others simply look too healthy for Act III, Gheorghiu (who, by the way, never had sung this role before!) manages to look fragile at her own party, stunning all in black at Flora's, and ''at death's door'' in her squalid apartment, the walls of which seem to ascend forever toward heaven. Tenor Frank Lopardo has some sense of acting his part beyond generalized suffering and is in good voice. The only really jarring notes are the unpleasant makeup of Leo Nucci as the Father and his unpleasant voice, which did not seem to bother the appreciative audience that night. The Gypsy scene, for once, did not work too well, nor did the camping up of the Spanish number, unless one considers it part of the decadence of the world the heroine will soon be leaving. The scenery for the first act seemed unnecessarily cramped, a little rest area in Violetta's much larger home; but the unfinished state of the country home was just right. Were those pictures leaning against the wall waiting to be put up or taken away for sale? And the little swatches of wallpaper on the molding were a good touch. The shadows of the carnival revelers through the slats of the Act III scenery was also effective. Now and then, the voices would fade away as if too far from a microphone; and then the sound would swell up so suddenly that I kept diving for the volume control. Was this an engineering problem or did it sound like that in the theater? The audience is absolutely silent, keeping applause and cheers for the curtain calls. All things considered, this set is very worth having for the Violetta alone. The DVD runs 135 minutes in the 4:3 screen ratio with subtitles in English, French, German, and Chinese.