The Opera Festival St. Margarethen in Austria is one of Europe's most important open-air festivals: more than 100.000 people have seen La Traviata this year.
Set on Europe's largest natural stage in a quarry classified as a UNESCO world heritage site, with a highly acclaimed stage design and interpretation.
One of the most popular works in the history of opera.
Kristiane Kaiser and Jean François Borras in the lead roles bring the gripping plot to life and enact the drama with great vocal skill.
The luxurious production includes a ballet, fireworks and the replica of an entire theatre on stage.
Directed by renowned film directors, this DVD brings a beautiful summer night at the opera into your home.
"…a spectacle filled with splendour and luxury" Krone
“The production from St Margarthen in South Austria… has its own attractions. These lie principally in the spectacle, on stage and off. The party scenes are rich in life and colour, and as parties both may be said to swing. But the real scene-stealer is the scenery itself, the extraordinary Baroque façade which opens up on a stage ablaze with candle-light, and all against the background of the evening and night sky eventually to be brightened with a show of fireworks scarcely to be matched west of Beijing.”
8th December 2008
“Kaiser, with stamina aplenty, has a most attractive timbre and she projects strongly..Borras makes a dashing lover moving imaginatively through passionate declarations of love to anxiety, anger and despair. Their duets blend in honeyed legato...Georg Tichy’s Germont is a tad stiff but in strong oaken tones he cajoles iron-fist-in-velvet-glove like...Kristiane Kaiser shines as Violetta – the stand out element in a satisfactory production.”
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