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  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Dolby, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Naxos of America
  • DVD Release Date: October 30, 2012
  • Run Time: 141 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B009O6C6QW
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,229,812 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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A little make up would have helped.
Colston
Wonderful performance of a very sad story with just beautiful music.
PellyFan
Dessay is amazing, and her supporting cast is wonderful.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Fred T. Isquith on December 20, 2012
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I admired the production and wanted to listen to the work of the leading lady immediately after the DVD was completed. That is postive comment enough. It is not a traditional look at the work; it is not placed in its time and place; it is another viewpoint and I think legitimate.
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23 of 31 people found the following review helpful By S. Wells on April 21, 2012
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Natalie Dessay is an artist whom I admire greatly for her singing, acting, intelligence and musicianship. This performance is ample reason why. Here is a well-sung and compelling acted performance of one of opera's more challenging roles. At times I thought her characterization was a bit edgy - on the verge in a manner more suited to Lucia than to Violetta - but, still, it's a thoughtful and valid portrayal. Her singing is technically brilliant (as in "Sempre libera") and deeply moving ("Addio del passato") where needed. I was particularly pleased that she takes both verses of both her arias. The last several performances of I've seen in the theatre have used these erstwhile traditional cuts.

Miss Dessay is well-matched in the Alfredo of Charles Castronovo. He has a pleasing lyric voice and shows a commendable empathy for a not altogether sympathetic character. His singing is tasteful and involved, though he does come close to losing the high C at the end of his second act cabaletta.

The most serious drawback to this performance is the Giorgio Germont of Ludovic Tezier. To my ears, at least, his voice is dry and colourless and his technique a bit dicey. Add to this that he shows about as much emotion as if he were singing listings from the telephone directory and you'll understand the damage he does in the great second act scena with Violetta. He's no better in his briefer appearances later in the opera.

Even the comprimarios are a pretty sorry lot. It's obvious why these persons are singing with the principals and not as the principals. Perhaps Mr. Tezier would have been better with them.

The updated setting adds nothing to the work and detracts slightly from it.
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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 30, 2012
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This is really the only Traviata you need. I watch it again and again. Dessay is amazing, and her supporting cast is wonderful. Dessay in particular seems to have a personality formed just for this role, or for Lucia di Lammermoor. I used to think her voice not as strong, or as well honed, as those of Stratas or Cotrubas, and that may still be true; but I think her voice has more sensitivity than theirs too. I am beginning to think of her as a singer with real stature. (What a sensation she was at the Met this past spring - there were people standing out in the cold, at the interval, just on the chance someone would be leaving and have a spare ticket.) Ludovic Tezier as Giorgio Germont comes off a bit wooden, which will surprise any one who has seen his Raimbaud, in Comte Ory, or his Enrico, in Lucia di Lammermoor; but vocally his performance is excellent. I loved the modern-dress interpretation; without adding to the drama the way the Willy Decker production does, it made the story more accessible and seamless. Jean-Francois Sivadier's staging allowed the actors to be the focus, it didn't get in the way of the story at all, and the costume design I thought very classy. Charles Castronovo is I think a better Alfredo than Domingo; Domingo sings better, but Castronovo wears the role better. Domingo plays Domingo playing Alfredo, if you know what I mean. Kostas Smoriginas as the Baron was wonderful; Andrea Mastroni as the Marchese was wonderful; Adelina Scarabelli as Annina was wonderful, and very well cast; I really had no complaints about the supporting characters. I can't really say anything about the orchestra; since I heard Fabio Luisi's interpretation at the Met I'm spoiled for anyone else now - in the great party scene, when it all comes crashing down on Alfredo's head, Luisi really had the orchestra in a bestial fury, and the effect was amazing, and no one else has done that that I've heard. Oo I miss it.
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19 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Colston on May 16, 2012
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If there is one reason to own this DVD, it is Dessay. A natural query is "Why would Dessay get involved in a production like this?" Seeing Dessay in Met's La Traviata recently (HD theatres) inspired me to buy the present DVD, which is the only Violetta available with Dessay. We see a vivacious forty-year-old face on a lithe twenty-year-old frame. It is a pleasure. Her performance brought back memories of watching Callas as Cio Cio San, and Moffo as Lucia more than half a century ago. Callas, Moffo, and Dessay can now be spoken in the same breath.

What a contrast! This Virgin version is embedded in a third-rate setting (using that word loosely, sorry) and choreography. It is impossible for anyone, including Dessay, to inspire her compatriots, who at best are indifferent, and at worse lacks imagination. These singers performed in their street clothes. Annina even brought along her newspaper to keep her from being bored. She needed it at the beginning of Act 1 (bit of sarcasm here). Georgio Germont looks more like Alfredo's little brother than his father. A little make up would have helped. I came away with the feeling that these so-called professional artists simply didn't give a damn.

Verdi would not recognize this opera. Conclusion: Dessay = 5 stars; others = 1 star. Average = 3 stars

As gifted as Dessay is, with her voice, beauty, and unrivaled acting talent, she would have been an automatic all-time prima donna. She virtually threw that away by repeatedly appearing in forgetable third-rate productions, like the present one. Sad!
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