Notes and Editorial Reviews
Artists: Angela Gheorghiu/Frank Lopardo/Leo Nucci, Sir Georg Solti, Orchestra & Chorus of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden International release date: January 2001
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"… the sets and staging are so superbly accomplished, the lighting so artful and the cast so perfect-looking, that this is the rare live performance that is a complete joy visually… It helps that they have the Violetta of one's dreams, Angela Gheorghiu… It is unlikely that we will ever see a finer Violetta on film or, for that matter, in the theater! The disc also serves as a wonderful memorial to the great Covent Garden performances given by Sir Georg Solti. The DVD transfer is crystal-clear… La Traviata [is] a must!" (James Camner, Fanfare, November/December 2001)
This famous performance of Verdi's romantic tragedy captures one of the most sensational debuts in operatic history. Singing Violetta for the first time was the young Romanian soprano Angela Gheorghiu, whose remarkable interpretation reached the front pages of the world's press and led the BBC immediately to film the production. Equally notable was the masterly conducting of Sir Georg Solti and director Richard Eyre's stylish staging. This DVD presents the definitive record of a momentous occasion.