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82% of them found this experience better than or comparable to a live performance.
We have screened “La Traviata” several times at L’OperaDou. But this production is absolutely breathtaking. No doubt setting the standard for many years to come...
Verdi’s best-loved work is performed here by a star cast in a revival of Richard Eyre’s highly acclaimed 1994 production. Music Director Antonio Pappano conducts La Traviata for the first time at Covent Garden. American soprano Renée Fleming returns to Covent Garden to sing Violetta for the first time with The Royal Opera. La Traviata was first performed at the Teatro La Fenice, Venice in March 1853.
"...Antonio Pappano takes charge of this revival, searching out the meaning of Verdi's score in a supple, sentient reading that sweeps you along." The Guardian
This production was extremely well-received by the Jury, with everyone amazed at Remy Fleming’s control and power. Several of them declared it to be the best “La Traviata” they had ever seen…
I liked everything, especially Renée Fleming’s voice. It is a pleasure and a delight to hear all these well-known airs again in context...
Quite the most outstanding production. Really stunning—the depth of voice, the stage production and the emotion. It has been a real privilege to see it.!
What emotion! What life! What love! What theatre!
The interpretation was fabulous from every point of view. A flawless performance! Perhaps Alfredo could have been played by someone a little more dashing, but the voice was incredible.
The staging was excellent and Renée Fleming’s voice absolutely beautiful. I did however think that Alfredo didn’t quite seem smart enough, and I also felt the filming to be a little static.
I loved everything—all the soloists, especially Violetta and Alfredo’s father. The staging was beautiful, the costumes were elegant and moved perfectly. Renée Fleming’s sustained acting and singing without faltering was amazing Bravo! It was fantastic!
Thrilling emotion from Renée Fleming!
Renée Fleming was excellent, although For me she was miscast. I didn’t feel any chemistry between her and Alfredo either. Her acting outshone that of the men as well. The orchestra was very good, one of the best I’ve ever heard.
The image and sound are absolutely outstanding, crisp and wonderful. The staging is so-so. The stage itself seems too small and crowded during the “party” scenes. Violetta and Alfredo are both technically wonderful. However there is no chemistry between the two of them. They hardly ever look each other in the eye. The best was Alfredo’s father—truly believable in his role.
Irreproachable in terms of the technical qualities—sets, costumes, orchestra and singing. However, the staging lacks subtlety and is rather static in the ensembles. The wonderful Renée is more of a “Marschallin” than an immigrant courtesan Her voice and “Saxony porcelain” interpretation do not work for me as an incarnation of Violetta.
Music excellent, singing excellent. Casting is fine with Renée Fleming as Violetta. Slight problem with two men of similar age as father and son. But overall a very good production.
Renée Fleming was outstanding. Father/son casting didn’t quite work. Overall though, a superb production.
The three leading singers were magnificent! The acting was very good, very believable. This is a truly extraordinary performance!
Violetta’s voice is magnificent and completely enthrals you, even if there is not all the passion you might expect. Alfredo’s father is excellent as the bad guy!
Dancing / performance: A
HDVD production: A+
Overall ranking: A
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