La Traviata (Blu-ray) - Gimadieva, Fabiano

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La Traviata (Blu-ray) - Gimadieva, Fabiano

Verdi`s tragic masterpiece is elegantly updated by director Tom Cairns in this `fresh and thrillingly unfamiliar` (Independent) Glyndebourne production, in which Violetta`s death is cast as an idée fixe, creating a liberating framework that is well supported by Hildegard Bechtler`s semi-abstract designs. Described as a soprano of `huge presence, compelling to watch`, Venera Gimadieva is `thrilling` (Guardian) in her company debut as the doomed courtesan, well matched by Michael Fabiano`s sharply suited and `robustly-sung` Alfredo (Financial Times), with Tassis Christoyannis delivering an imposing performance as the formidable Germont père. Conductor Mark Elder reveals his mastery of the opera`s dramatic shape, coaxing each and every nuance out of the London Philharmonic Orchestra to create beautifully stylish music-making.

`The transfer to the small screen enhances some subtleties (especially of the stronger first half) and lets Venera Gimadieva`s Violetta feel like a Gheorgiu-like success of a star on the cusp. The Russian soprano has, and shows skillfully, a grasp of the situation in which the character finds herself that is not only telegraphically clear but most un-prima donna-ish. She is backed up at every stage by Sir Mark Elder`s fresh beating, pacing and balancing of the score - a result the suggests his recent years of work with bel canto repertoire and early-instrument ensembles have taken his Verdi a further stage even beyond his achievements for ENO.` --Mike Ashman

Format: Blu-ray, Dolby
Language: Italian (Dolby Digital 2.0)
Subtitles: English, French, German, Japanese, Korean
Region: All Regions
Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
Number of discs: 1
Studio: Opus Arte
DVD Release Date: July 31, 2015
Run Time: 132 minutes

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