Verdi: La Traviata

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Verdi: La Traviata


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28th March 2011




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Verdi: La Traviata

Recorded live at the Royal Opera House, London, June & July 2009

Renée Fleming (Violetta), Joseph Calleja (Alfredo Germont), Thomas Hampson (Giorgio Germont), Sarah Pring (Annina), Monika-Evelin Liiv (Flora), Haoyin Xue (Gastone), Kostas Smoriginas (Marquis d'Obigny), Eddie Wade (Baron Douphol) & Richard Wiegold (Doctor Grenvil)

The Royal Opera Chorus & Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Antonio Pappano (conductor) & Richard Eyre (director)

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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

Extra features:

Cast gallery

Antonio Pappano interviews Renée Fleming

Running time 135 mins

Region Code All regions

Picture format 16:9 Anamorphic

Sound format 2.0LPCM + 5.1(5.0) DTS

Menu languages EN

Subtitles EN/FR/DE/ES/IT

BBC Music Magazine

July 2011


“At the age of 50, [Fleming] still looks very good in the role of the doomed courtesan...[she] sounds good, too, singing with consistent skill...There's a sincerity to Maltese tenor Joseph Calleja's portrayal of Alfredo which gives it more spontaneity than his American colleagues supply...Stronger than the vocals is the conducting of Antonio Pappano, which possesses a natural stylishness and fluency”

Financial Times

21st May 2011


“I was sniffy about her first night but this DVD comes from later in the run, by which time she had found an uncharacteristic emotional freedom. She is still the prima donna playing the part, but the beautiful sounds she makes, especially in the Act One finale and the Act Two party, are well worth hearing, and the high-quality film-work puts us right at the heart of the action.”

International Record Review

July 2011

“this is a sensible, believable, attractive presentation that is more in line with Verdi than with the idiocies of Regietheater...Vocally, [Fleming] is on good form at almost every turn... Calleja must sound authentic enough as an Italianate tenor for anyone...I always have the impression that [Pappano] works with the singers rather than challenging them to a duel. The chorus and orchestra respond fittingly to his direction.”

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