Verdi: La Traviata

Opus Arte: OA0934D

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Verdi: La Traviata

Awards:

Gramophone Magazine

DVD of the Month - September 2006

Label:

Opus Arte

Catalogue No:

OA0934D

Discs:

2

Release date:

2nd May 2006

Barcode:

0809478009344

Medium:

DVD Video

Format:

NTSC

Region:

all
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Verdi: La Traviata

Illustrated Synopsis & Cast Gallery

Stage Director - Pier Luigi Pizzi


Norah Amsellem, José Bros, Renato Bruson, Itxaro Mentxaka, Maria Espada, Emilio Sánchez, David Rubiera & Marco Moncloa

Chorus and Orchestra of the Teatro Real, Madrid, Jesús López Cobos

PICTURE FORMAT: 16:9
LENGTH: 175 Mins
SOUND: DTS SURROUND / LPCM STEREO
SUBTITLES: EN/FR/DE/ES/IT

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Gramophone Classical Music Guide

2010

“Pier Luigi Pizzi's updating of Traviata to occupied Paris, first seen in 2003 in Madrid, might seem gratuitous, but because of his skill as designer and his experience directing singers, the new milieu hardly ever interferes, after the opening scene, with the central tragedy of Violetta's plight. That owes much to the freshness and immediacy of the portrayal by Norah Amsellem. From Violetta's first fevered entry to her agonising death she is totally absorbed in the role, acting and singing with the most eloquent feeling.
In the first scene we see her entering her soirée from her bedroom, the stage split in two – a slightly questionable idea – and she becomes infatuated with Alfredo in their Act 1 duet while on her lavish bed. It sounds gimmicky but as played by Amsellem and the sympathetic and stylishly sung Alfredo of José Bros it is totally convincing. The act ends with an all-consuming account of 'Ah! fors e lui', both verses, shaped in long lines and phrased with unerring conviction so that one forgives harshness when she presses on her higher notes.
Act 2 scene 1 is set in the drawing-room of a 1930s-style country villa. Here the central encounter of Violetta and Germont père is the emotional centre of the work, as it should be, with Amsellem and Renato Bruson acting and reacting to each other with rewarding rapport.
Bruson, at 69, sings with all the experience of his years and few signs of wear, and follows it with a masterly account of 'Di provenza'. In the second scene the whole company excels itself and the heroine is infinitely touching in 'Alfredo, Alfredo'.
In a stark, simple set for Act 3, this Violetta conveys her sorrow and terrified thoughts with inward passion. 'Addio del passato', again two verses, is notable for the length of line and exquisite phrasing Amsellem provides. She and Bros sing a near-ideal 'Parigi, o cara' before Violetta dies, a desperately tragic figure. Amsellem's slim figure and expressive face are notable assets in achieving her intelligent reading.
López-Cobos conducts an interpretation notable for yielding support of his singers combined with dramatic dash, and the Madrid orchestra play as though their lives depended on the results. No wonder this staging has received so much praise in Spain. Its preservation on DVD is welcome.”

Gramophone Magazine

September 2006

“Pier Luigi Pizzi's updating of Traviata to occupied Paris… might seem gratuitous, but because of his skill as designer and his experience in directing singers, the new milieu hardly ever interferes… with the central tragedy of Violetta's plight. That owes much to the freshness and immediacy of Norah Amsellem. From Violetta's first fevered entry to her agonising death, she is totally absorbed, acting and singing with the most eloquent feeling. López-Cobos conducts an interpretation notable for yielding support of his singers combined with dramatic dash, and the Madrid orchestra play as though their lives depended on the results.”

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