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Verdi: La traviata DVD (The Royal Opera) 2019

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Based on the novel and play La Dame aux cameliasby Alexandre Dumas, Verdi's La Traviata is one of the world's greatest operas, available here on DVD. The story moves audiences with the journey of a courtesan who goes to sacrifice everything for love to the soundtrack of some of Verdi's most stunning arias and duets.

The atmospheric and engaging production by Richard Eyre features splendid stage design by Bob Crowley and is conducted by Antonello Manacorda, showcasing the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House and Royal Opera Chorus. Violetta Valery is played by soprano Ermonela Jaho, her lover Alfredo by Charles Castronovo and Plácido Domingo stars as Giorgio Germont.

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Violetta Valéry: Ermonela Jaho
Alfredo Germont: Charles Castronovo
Giorgio Germont: Plácido Domingo
Annina: Pamela Helen Stephen
Doctor Grenvil: Simon Shibambu

Royal Opera Chorus
Orchestra of the Royal Opera House
Conductor: Antonello Manacorda
Music: Giuseppe Verdi
Director: Richard Eyre
Designs: Bob Crowley

Plus: Introduction to La traviata; Behind the Movement; Interviews with Richard Eyre and Bob Crowley; Cast Gallery

Picture: 16:9
Sound: Dolby Stereo + DTS Digital Surround 
Format: NTSC
Region code: 0 worldwide
Running Time: 149 mins



"Jaho gives everything she has, especially an exceptional diversity of soft singing, intimate, vulnerable, dreamy, apprehensive, intense and the result is a deeply moving portrayal." Financial Times

"Jaho’s mix of defiance, fragility and savage honesty builds to an overwhelming finale." The Guardian

"Castronovo is a splendid Alfredo, his bright, springy tone capturing the character’s impetuosity." Gramophone

"[Jaho] is heartbreaking and possesses a delicious luminosity of tone. Charles Castronvo is a suitably ardent Alfredo; Plácido Domingo a woofy Germont... The production... is handsome and traditional." Opera Now

Customer Reviews

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Matthew Boland

Verdi: La traviata DVD (The Royal Opera) 2019

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Peter B
Mixed feelings

Not sure of why have a 3rd release of this production when the original 1994 with Angela Gheorghiu as Violetta remains the best to this day, most probably in the history of the Royal Opera House.
I had the same feelings when the DVD with Fleming and Calleja was released, both miscast for their roles at that particular time of their careers.
I would always buy a re-release version of that DVD (Decca), with the unsurpassable Gheorghiu, outstanding Frank Lopardo and Leo Nucci and under the baton of maestro Solti.
Jaho's typical histrionic acting (and sobbing) might impress some, but the voice has no particular timbre nor colour.
Castronovo is a fine Alfredo, while casting Domingo in baritone roles will always remain a mistery to opera lovers around the globe.
My two stars are solely for Richard Eyre's production, which I love.

J
Johannas F
La Traviata

Einmalig schöne Aufführung. Solisten, Chöre, Orchester auf der Höhe. Inszenierung im Stil der ersten Aufführungen ein Hochgenuss. Musik-Kostüme-Kulissen wie es Komponist und Libretist gewünscht haben. Bleiben Sie bei weiteren Oper-Aufführungen dabei. Der Don Giovanni, den wir kürzlich in Chur/Schweiz gesehen haben, hat uns in seiner Modernität nicht sehr gefallen. Es war verfälscht, höchstens nach der Pause war es zu goutieren.

Customer Reviews

Based on 3 reviews
67%
(2)
0%
(0)
0%
(0)
33%
(1)
0%
(0)
M
Matthew Boland

Verdi: La traviata DVD (The Royal Opera) 2019

P
Peter B
Mixed feelings

Not sure of why have a 3rd release of this production when the original 1994 with Angela Gheorghiu as Violetta remains the best to this day, most probably in the history of the Royal Opera House.
I had the same feelings when the DVD with Fleming and Calleja was released, both miscast for their roles at that particular time of their careers.
I would always buy a re-release version of that DVD (Decca), with the unsurpassable Gheorghiu, outstanding Frank Lopardo and Leo Nucci and under the baton of maestro Solti.
Jaho's typical histrionic acting (and sobbing) might impress some, but the voice has no particular timbre nor colour.
Castronovo is a fine Alfredo, while casting Domingo in baritone roles will always remain a mistery to opera lovers around the globe.
My two stars are solely for Richard Eyre's production, which I love.

J
Johannas F
La Traviata

Einmalig schöne Aufführung. Solisten, Chöre, Orchester auf der Höhe. Inszenierung im Stil der ersten Aufführungen ein Hochgenuss. Musik-Kostüme-Kulissen wie es Komponist und Libretist gewünscht haben. Bleiben Sie bei weiteren Oper-Aufführungen dabei. Der Don Giovanni, den wir kürzlich in Chur/Schweiz gesehen haben, hat uns in seiner Modernität nicht sehr gefallen. Es war verfälscht, höchstens nach der Pause war es zu goutieren.