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Verdi: La Traviata / Venera Gimadieva, Michael Fabiano, Tassis Christoyannis. London PO, Glyndebourne Chorus, Mark Elder [Blu-ray]

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Verdi's tragic masterpiece is elegantly updated by director Tom Cairns in this 'fresh and thrillingly unfamiliar' (Independent) Glyndebourne production, in which Violetta's death is cast as an idée fixe, creating a liberating framework that is well supported by Hildegard Bechtler's semi-abstract designs. Described as a soprano of 'huge presence, compelling to watch', Venera Gimadieva is 'thrilling' (Guardian) in her company debut as the doomed courtesan, well matched by Michael Fabiano's sharply suited and 'robustly-sung' Alfredo (Financial Times), with Tassis Christoyannis delivering an imposing performance as the formidable Germont père. Conductor Mark Elder reveals his mastery of the opera's dramatic shape, coaxing each and every nuance out of the London Philharmonic Orchestra to create beautifully stylish music-making. - Rising star Venera Gimadieva head the cast as Violetta in her debut at Glyndebourne. - Conducted by former music director of English National Opera, Mark Elder. - Extra Features: Verdi's La traviata - 'Once heard, never forgotten', 'An opera for all times', and a Cast Gallery. ''... there can be no doubt of his [Mark Elder's] mastery of the opera's dramatic shape and instrumental palette, flawlessly rendered by the London Philharmonic.'' The Daily Telegraph

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Run Time: 132 min.
Region: All
Picture Format: Blu-Ray, 16:9, Color
Sound Format(s): PCM Stereo,
Subtitles: English, French, German, Japanese, Korean


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