Notes & Reviews:
The first ever production of La Traviata by Konwitschny of Graz Opera featuring Petersen's debut in the title role of Violetta is a highly-focused, intelligent reading of the music that was widely acclaimed by audiences. With a reduced stage set and daring cuts in the score, the production concentrates on the tragic story of the courtesan Violetta. Bonus material includes an introduction by Ioan Holender, interview with Konwitschny and Petersen as well as backstage and rehearsal footage. ".... a debut for Konwitschny. He has staged many operas by Verdi, although never this one. It is almost as if the two had been waiting for this evening." - Süddeutsche Zeitung
the Graz version feels like a return to authentic original instrument practices. Director Konwitschny remembers that Verdi wanted the show set in modern dress and that only the Zeffirellis of this world think that Flora's party is a ballet. Marlis Petersen... James Rutherford... and Italian tenor Giuseppe Varano... are intensely involved and in good vocal shape. Tecwyn Evans conducts with great rhythmic acuity and finds pace and tension without rushing or becoming unduly loud. An outstanding issue and a quite draining experience.
Marlis Petersen turns in an excellent portrayal of Violetta. Her Ah fors F lui, from Act 1 is stunning, and her Act 3 Addio del passato is darkly powerful and meltingly beautiful. She is simply a splendid Violetta throughout. Giuseppe Varano... is also good... James Rutherford is also impressive as Germont, and the rest of the cast is quite fine... Tecwyn Evans draws fine, crisp playing from the orchestra, scaling things down a bit to give the performance a more intimate sense. The chorus sings well and the sound reproduction and camera work are excellent.
The sound on this production is very good, and the visuals - such as they are - very well focused... The principles... are all excellent...
This suffering of love denied and repudiated leads to one of the top end of Traviata and most have seen dramatic force: final non-traditional, with little, slow road to darkness and very talented. An appropriate metaphor in a perfect setting for non-Orthodox respect to the opera, since it is a "regie" unconventional, not only for staging but also musically, as they have been cut in several parts after the final concept.
Run Time: 130 min.
Picture Format: Blu-Ray, 16:9, Color
Sound Format(s): LPCM Stereo, DTS HD Master Audio 5.0
Subtitles: English, German, Italian, French, Spanish, Japanese, Korean
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Works DetailsVerdi, Giuseppe : La traviata
- Performers: Giuseppe Varano (Tenor); Marlis Petersen (Soprano); James Rutherford (Baritone)
- Conductor: Tecwyn Evans
- Ensemble: Grazer Philharmonic Orchestra
- Period Time: Romantic
- Form: Opera/Operetta
- Written: 1853