Notes and Editorial Reviews
Director: Juergen Flimm
Recording Date: 2005
Place of recording: Zurich Opera House
Running Time: 128 min
Picture Format: 16:9
Sound Format: PCM Stereo, Dolby Digital 5.1, DTS 5.1
Region Code: 0
Menu Languages NTSC: German, French, English, Japanese, Spanish
Subtitle Languages NTSC: German, French, English, Italian, Japanese, Spanish
La Traviata, Giuseppe Verdi very personal opera, was premiered in 1853 at the Teatro La Fenice in Venice. The first night was a fiasco, but after a few revisions the opera set out to conquer the world.
La Traviata offers no scope for grandiose crowd scenes or historical pomp. In keeping with the
intimate nature of the action, Verdi’s music reflects the inner feelings of the protagonists. The heroine, whose emotional state is determined by external circumstances, is in the centre of the story of emotional upheavals.
Jürgen Flimm haunting staging stays close to Verdi’s intent. He focuses on the protagonists, showing their shakiness, emotions, despair, love, sacrifice and tragedy rather than concentrating on the abysses of the Parisian demi-monde.
Eva Mei and Piotr Beczala are a perfectly matched couple. Her soft and flexible soprano and his lyrical tenor, marked by excellent diction, work very well together, joined by the “golden” voice of outstanding Thomas Hampson.
Works on This Recording
La traviata by Giuseppe Verdi
Eva Mei (Soprano),
Thomas Hampson (Baritone),
Piotr Beczala (Tenor)
Zurich Opera Chorus,
Zurich Opera Orchestra
Written: 1853; Italy
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