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Verdi: La Traviata
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Stars: Marie McLaughlin, Walter MacNeil, Brent Ellis, Jane Turner, Christopher Thornton-Holmes, Gordon Sandison, John Hall, David Hillman, Enid Hartle, Martyn Harrison, Charles Kerry
Director: Peter Hall
Composer: Giuseppe Verdi
Conductor: Bernard Haitink
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Violetta's friend Gaston was wearing a jacket we used to call "Uranium Green" and she is dressed in a red gown. The back up on the extras was a little bit on the off side but frankly they played very minor role here. Alfredo was in tones of grey. In my notes I kept referring to the sound this is so will recorded!
Unlike many recordings these days Violeta and Alfredo actually interact with each other and sing to each other. They take center stage, and at the end when Alfredo leaves after "Addio", the conductor starts with a presto and shifts to prestissimo to clear out the guests who have been at the side. Forte goes into "Ah, fors'e lui" and continues to the end alone, in a tour de force manner.
She is excellent in Act Two as well, but the scene with Germont Pere is a bit forced, as he is stiff. As soon as Alfredo returns she is able to be vulnerable again. The casino scene is very well done, starting rather fast, and gradually slowing to the end, reflecting more and more the tragedy unfolding. Alfredo winds up face down, flat on the floor, looking broken.Read more ›
Aside from the staging issues, the singing and acting of Cinzia Forte as Violetta was excellent and probably helped carry everyone else along. Tenor Saimir Pirgu was a pretty fine Giorgio Germont and he gets second place for acting. Giovanni Meoni, who played Giorgio Germont, the meddling father, was an excellent singer, but stiff as a board in his delivery. Chris De Moor as the baron is most memorable for his ghastly makeup and attire. Same comment for Flora, played by Tineke Van Ingelgem. The chorus sang beautifully. At the party where the gypsies and bullfighters appear there was the nowadays usual wardrobe malfunction leaving one woman briefly topless--as if this opera needed something risque.
This DVD was filmed in 2009 at the Opera Royal de Wallonie, which is in Liege, Belgium. Let's watch for Cinzia Forte at better and better venues.
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