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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La Traviata

Giuseppe Verdi’s La Traviata (The Fallen Woman) is a three-act opera based on “La Dame aux Camelias”, adapted from the novel by
Alexandre Dumas. The play is still staged today in its original form.

Originally titled, Violetta after the main character, La Traviata is one of the composer’s most frequently performed operas.

The story is of Violetta, a beautiful courtesan of Paris, Alfredo, her handsome, yet penniless lover and Alfredo’s father, Germont, who destroys their love.

The Met’s 2018–19 production of Verdi's heartbreaking classic featured a decadent 18th-century Paris played out against a stunning backdrop that changed with the seasons and the nature of Violetta and Alfredo's doomed, but exquisitely beautiful romance.

La Traviata made its world premiere in Venice at the Teatro la Fenice, on March 6, 1853.





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