- La Traviata, opera - Giuseppe Verdi - Richard van Allan - John Alldis - Mario Carlin - Aldo Ceccato - William Elvin - Keith Erwen - Mirella Fiorentini - Nicolai Gedda - John Alldis Choir - Robert Lloyd - Dale McAdoo - Rolando Panerai - Francesco Maria Piave - Royal Philharmonic Orchestra - Terence Sharpe - Beverly Sills - Delia Wallis
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- Emi Classics
Performance CreditsBeverly Sills Primary Artist
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Verdi: La Traviata based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
If you want to hear La Traviata sung properly, with all the repeats as Verdi intended it to be sung, this is the one. Beverley Sills is wonderful Nicolai Gedda at his best and Rolando Panerai is untouchable as ever.
I generally enjoy EMI's recordings. This one was absolutely fantastic! Beverly Sills is absolutely heart-rending in this performance.
I hope that this recording is never allowed to go out of print, as some of Sills other recordings have (notably the French Aria album that EMI did...EMI pay attention!!). I love this opera and have bought numerous recordings of it. All of them are disappointing in some way, shape or form. This recording is the best, with terrific singing from Sills, Gedda, and Panerai, who all turn in incredible performances, as does the Royal Philharmonic. With the tragic and untimely death of Sills from lung cancer last summer (a cruel irony for such a talented singer), it would be nice to see all of her recordings return to print. As for Traviata recordings, I'll probably continue buying them when new and interesting casts appear in the market, but currently, there is no other set out there that can beat this one.