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  • Actors: Anna Netrebko, Rolando Villazon, Thomas Hampson, Helene Schneidermann, Salvatore Cordella
  • Directors: Carlo Rizzi, Willy Decker
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, DTS Surround Sound, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: Italian (DTS 5.1), Italian (PCM Stereo)
  • Subtitles: German, English, Italian, Spanish, Chinese, French
  • Dubbed: Italian
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Deutsche Grammophon
  • DVD Release Date: June 13, 2006
  • Run Time: 132 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (94 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000F3TAOE
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #40,822 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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Anna Netrebko, Rolando Villzon, and Thomas Hampson perform Verdi's opera with Carlo Rizzi conducting the Vienna Philaharmonic. Also included are an introduction by Villazon, behind-the-scenes, trailer for Netrebko - The Woman, The Voice, picture gallery,

Customer Reviews

Singers are wonderful: quality singing, marvelous acting, highly believable in their roles, great chemistry.
Fair and balanced critic
Muy rica en tonalidades, buenos logros en su incipiente trabajo como cantante de Opera y en esta producción muy moderna, muy ágil y ligera.
M. de Oca Fco
Certainly it is one of the great contemporary productions noted for its stark minimalist set as staged by Willy Decker.
Antonio De Ionno

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96 of 106 people found the following review helpful By Lostgirl on April 12, 2007
Format: DVD
I'd read about the stir that this production caused at the 2005 Salzberg Music Festival and I was anxious to see it for myself on DVD. La Traviata has always been one of my favorite operas and while I won't say that any one version is definitive for me, this one is among my favorites.

Even if your not a fan of Anna Netrebko, I'd say watch it. I'm not entirely unbiased because I do like Netrebko. I think she's a gifted vocalist and I think when she plays this particular role she really owns it. Anna Netrebko's strengths are her acting ability, her lusterous dark tones, and her ability to make her notes resonant and powerful. She's gorgeous obviously, so it's not too much of a stretch to imagine men falling over themselves for her. And she and Rolando Villazon have a wonderful chemisry. His tenor blends beautifully with her soprano. Each one seems to feed off of the other's performance.

But to me the best part was actually the design. It opens on the party scene but the stage is naked except for a sofa the color of Violetta's dress. There's a giant clock in the corner that reminds Violetta of her mortality even at her most festive moments (and if that weren't enough Death himself is always hanging around-though at the end of the first act Violetta gulps down some champagne and then throws her glass at him!) Violetta and Alfredo's love nest also has spare scenery except tha furnature is draped in a floral cloth that matches their robes. When Violetta promises Germont that she'll sacrifice her love for Alfredo she pulls the cloths from the furniture as she sings. The furniture is left a sterile white. Then she changes back to her dress from the first act amidst these blank surroundings. Combined with the music the effect is haunting.
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31 of 35 people found the following review helpful By on July 23, 2007
Format: DVD
Recorded live at the Salzburg Festival in 2005 this 2-DVD Premium Edition of Verdi's "La Traviata", featuring Carlo Rizzi, directing the Wiener Philharmoniker, is a treasure in every way a great opera and great production (staged by Willy Decker and Directed by Brian Large) can be. Filmed in widescreen and recorded for digital sound, every visual and audio advantage that could be given to the cast was offered, including an interesting use of a single set (picture a cinemascope screen and walls lit in soft white or blue) with an occasional tapestry covered couch or two to contrast color against the black and white unisex suits worn by the chorus, and red dresses and robe of Ms. Netrebko. It's not necessary to dwell on the voices of the stars, suffice so say that the performances were lively and vibrant, filled with easy passion and an obvious affection and chemistry that clearly exists between Villazón and Netrebko. This is a sensuous, minimalist production of "Traviata" that obviously exploits the sex appeal of Ms. Netrebko and exuberant vitality of Mr. Villazón who does justice to those scenes that require he cavort around in little more than a pair of shorts. For this Premium Edition, the full opera is contained on a single disk; the second disc is reserved for some extras, one of which stands on its own for its sheer enjoyment: "The Making of . . . video." This alone is worth the cost of the set because it captured the stars and supporting cast in rehearsal, joking, interacting - and in one particularly funny scene, having Ms. Netrebko lecture Villazon that he uses his hands too much when he sings as she stands behind him pressing his hands behind his back, and using her own arms, under his, to gesture the way she thinks he looks.Read more ›
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30 of 36 people found the following review helpful By Constantine A. Papas on July 24, 2007
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
For the past fifty-four years, everybody's been talking about "The Tosca" of Callas, Di Stefano and Cobbi: the August 1953 studio EMI recording under the baton of Maestro Victor De Sabata. It may finally have come to pass. Now, everybody will be talking about "The La Traviata" of Netrebko, Villazon and Hampson: the 2005 Saltzburg Decker's staging with Rizzi on the podium.
The minimalist and stark stage design, with its unlimited intellectual and emotional symbolism, creates an intentional void- we have seen enough of replicating realism of fatiguing chandeliers and old dusty Parisian gowns in other productions- but no one will ever forget the short red dress and the clock, and the intelligent directing and stellar singing and acting, which have sealded the fate of all La Traviatas to come in one's liftime.
With no curtains to rise and a bare stage, and with Violetta present from the very beginning, the drama unfolds with convincing pathos as soon as the first orchestral bar is played. Violetta's choreographic moves across the stage to meet her untimely and tragic death is the creation of a genius- Decker- and the execution of a consumate artist- Netrebko. This is the most innovative, the most emotional, and the most dramatic and live prelude or "overture" or "prologue," if you will, of all La Traviatas you'll ever see.

In Decker's brilliant and unparalleled staging, every nuance has a redeeming value that slowly depicts the cleansing and tranformation of Violetta's soul ready to meet her Maker. After a determined and enlightened Violetta confronts reality, she understands that the frolicking of the last few months with Alfredo is over, and that she lives on borrowed time. She first uncovers the clock, accepting her fate and that her time is running out.
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