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Verdi: La Traviata / Langree, Dessay, Castronovo, Tezier [DVD]

Album Summary

>Verdi, Giuseppe : La traviata
Performers Conductor Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Natalie Dessay made her first European appearances as Violleta in Vedi's La Traviata in a new production by the French director Jean-Francois Sivadier at the 2011 Aix-en-Provence Festival. This DVD captures her intense performance in the company of Amercian tenor Charles Castronovo as Alfredo and French baritone Ludovic Tezier as his father, Giorgio Germont. "Her theatrical impact is devastating, "wrote the Financial Times. She made her debut in the role in 2009 at the Santa Fe Festival in the US, and subsequently sang Violleta in Japan. Dessay's 2011-12 season will include La Traviata at the Vienna State Opera (in this Ais-en-Provence production by French theatre and opera director Jean-Francois Sivadier) and the New York Metropolitan.

"Dessay isn't the obvious choice to play Violetta. The role requires a powerful dramatic soprano, rather than the high, light coloratura voice Dessay possesses... Yes, there might be moments when her voice shows the strain – although there are moments of great beauty and breathtaking agility as well – but her acting makes her performance a triumph. From the moment Dessay throws a coquettish glance back over her shoulder to draw the audience into the opera's action, her portrayal of the doomed courtesan is compelling, thrilling and completely believable... The LSO under conductor Louis Langrée was a winning combination." -BBC

BBC Music Magazine, May 2012
This is one of the most truthful and moving realisations of Verdi's La Traviata I could ever imagine...such is its intelligence in focusing on the essentials of the characters and the action that one is repeatedly knocked sideways...Dessay is exceptional throughout, not just physically but vocally; she realises Verdi's notes with insight as well as technical command. Charles Castronovo's impetuous, intensely vulnerable Alfredo is equally fine. *****

The Times, March 2012
Her age and silvery voice may not in theory be suited to playing Violetta. But try believing that after Ah, fors'è lui or Addio, del passato, emotional pinnacles scaled with tremendous, tender subtlety. There's also plenty to relish in the bloom and finesse of the London Symphony Orchestra. ****

Notes & Reviews:

Run Time: 139 min.
Region: 1
Picture Format: NTSC, 16:9, Color


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Works Details

>Verdi, Giuseppe : La traviata
  • Performers: Ludovic Tezier (Baritone); Adelina Scarabelli (Soprano); Natalie Dessay (Soprano); Silvia De La Muela (Mezzo Soprano); Charles Castronovo (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Louis Langree
  • Ensemble: London Symphony Orchestra
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1853