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    Villazon/Netrebko from Salzburg for me too.
    To my opinion is a very good production in all aspects: singing, staging, novelty.

    The Gheorghiu,Lopardo is more traditional. To my opinion it's strong point is Gheorghiou performance.

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    Quote Originally Posted by befstrat View Post
    Villazon/Netrebko from Salzburg for me too.
    To my opinion is a very good production in all aspects: singing, staging, novelty.

    The Gheorghiu,Lopardo is more traditional. To my opinion it's strong point is Gheorghiou performance.
    Welcome to the forum, befstrat. It's nice to have a new member interested in opera. Please make sure that you participate of our ongoing project to find the most recommend opera DVDs and blu-ray discs for each one of our top 100 recommended operas. It's in the "opera on DVD and blu-ray" subforum. Again, welcome aboard!
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    Here's another vote for the Kleiber CD version with Cotrubas. She is simply heart-breaking in that second-act exchange with Germont Pére. And having Domingo as Alfredo and Milnes as his papa doesn't hurt!

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    Default Traviata, what a great opera!

    I love Traviata, and I don't find it too cheesy. I own a few productions. I think my favorite is one done by Zefirelli with Bonfadelli, Piper, Bruson, and Domingo as the conductor. Bonfadelli's Violeta is refreshing, beautifully sung, and the staging was awsome. I also love Angela Gheorghiu's Violeta but in the 94 production, I could not find any chemistry between her and Alfredo (Lopardo), in spite of her amazing singing and acting. I have her later Traviata on Blue ray, and I like this more, as this time Alfredo is better sung/acted by Ramon Vargas. Angela has another wonderful sung Violeta, but she was, naturally, fresher in 94. I only regret buying the Salzburg Traviata. I didn't like Anna's Violeta. Her singing was average at best, and her acting unfortunate, as her Violeta was healthy from the beginning to the end. Only the clock kept changing. The minimalist staging amplified the flaws. I don't enjoy watching it, and the singing is even worse. I liked Anna in the Waldbuhne concert, that's why I bought her Traviata. But her technique is not good at all. I recently watched on TV the Traviata from Royal Opera House with with Renée Fleming as Violetta and Joseph Calleja as Alfredo. Beautiful, but not my favorite production. Anyway I could not find it on DVD.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sabrina View Post
    I love Traviata, and I don't find it too cheesy. I own a few productions. I think my favorite is one done by Zefirelli with Bonfadelli, Piper, Bruson, and Domingo as the conductor. Bonfadelli's Violeta is refreshing, beautifully sung, and the staging was awsome. I also love Angela Gheorghiu's Violeta but in the 94 production, I could not find any chemistry between her and Alfredo (Lopardo), in spite of her amazing singing and acting. I have her later Traviata on Blue ray, and I like this more, as this time Alfredo is better sung/acted by Ramon Vargas. Angela has another wonderful sung Violeta, but she was, naturally, fresher in 94. I only regret buying the Salzburg Traviata. I didn't like Anna's Violeta. Her singing was average at best, and her acting unfortunate, as her Violeta was healthy from the beginning to the end. Only the clock kept changing. The minimalist staging amplified the flaws. I don't enjoy watching it, and the singing is even worse. I liked Anna in the Waldbuhne concert, that's why I bought her Traviata. But her technique is not good at all. I recently watched on TV the Traviata from Royal Opera House with with Renée Fleming as Violetta and Joseph Calleja as Alfredo. Beautiful, but not my favorite production. Anyway I could not find it on DVD.
    Welcome to the forum sabrina.

    The new one form ROH is available now. I've got it & it's fantastic.

    Ann

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    Welcome to the forum, Sabrina.

    About Anna's Salzburg Traviata, she has said in interviews that she tried to stop DG from releasing the track on CD because on DVD people can see what she is doing and understand the limitations. The production, according to her, was very physical in calling for lots of movement on stage and for body posturing that was quite extreme (literally making her sing upside down) which all completely ruined any possibility of breath control, leading to the need to skip some notes and shorten some phrases. Like mamascarlatti here posted a while ago when she took singing lessons in a workshop with a professional opera singer, just walking and singing makes it much more difficult (thus the Park and Bark style of the past). Anna has done other more traditionally staged Traviatas in which her singing was much better. As for her acting, we can't look at a live opera on DVD/blu-ray the same way we look at film acting. While on film there are lots of takes and preparation, live opera is all done in one shot and requires some overacting in terms of body language, large gesturing, and some exaggeration in facial expressions for instance, in order to carry the imagery to the back seats of a large opera house. Close-ups in film call for more restrained acting and more subtle body language. But then when you film live opera and do close-ups, it feels like overacting. Anna is a very talented actress as far as opera singers are concerned, as shown in her La Bohème film, when she was allowed the preparation and could refrain from the more intense acting required on the operatic stage to carry the emotions to people who are only seeing her from very far. Of course she is not a professionally trained actress (as opposed to Natalie Dessay for instance who started her career as an actress and later took on singing), but as compared to most singers her acting is first rate. Anna doesn't have the best of techniques but is constantly improving and given the right repertory (she is frequently called up to do repertory that is not suited to her voice but is suited to her looks) her singing can be quite excellent. Besides, not even Maria Callas had the best of vocal techniques, but was able to show such a passion on stage that she rightfully came to be known as the number 1 soprano for a generation. I believe that Anna's artistry can't be denied, and what she was able to pull off in Salzburg given the circumstances was actually quite extraordinary. Oh, and I think she was sick enough in act III.

    Ahem... you don't know me yet, but you'll soon realize (if you haven't already, LOL) that I'm a big fan on Anna's... According to sospiro and mamascarlatti, I tend to slap people who don't like Anna with a wet fish... But don't take me seriously, and I repeat, welcome to the forum, it's great to have a new member interested in opera.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sospiro View Post
    Welcome to the forum sabrina.

    The new one form ROH is available now. I've got it & it's fantastic.

    Wonder how that compares to the LA Opera Fleming production........my current favorite
    ROH usually great production and Pappano always delivers the music


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    Quote Originally Posted by sospiro View Post
    Welcome to the forum sabrina.

    The new one form ROH is available now. I've got it & it's fantastic.

    Looks like the same production as the Solti - Gheorghiu ROH version of early 1990s......
    warning non professional video......

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature...&v=HYZ2_Wb7bmA
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e_e73...yer_detailpage

    The LA opera is a richer more ornate production as far as staging goes compared to Solti ROH......
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    Quote Originally Posted by sospiro View Post
    Welcome to the forum sabrina.

    The new one form ROH is available now. I've got it & it's fantastic.

    This DVD is not available in North America yet. I could only find it on UK sites. Do you know if it's region free?

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    Quote Originally Posted by sabrina View Post
    This DVD is not available in North America yet. I could only find it on UK sites.
    Do you know if it's region free?
    Yes Presto UK selling region 0 version (region free or all region)

    http://www.prestoclassical.co.uk/sea...aviata+fleming

    I think there will be a better price from Amazon USA sellers when released here (so I will wait)

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    Quote Originally Posted by sabrina View Post
    This DVD is not available in North America yet. I could only find it on UK sites. Do you know if it's region free?
    It says on the box & I quote:

    "This NTSC DVD is designed for worldwide playback" However on the Amazon.uk site it says it's PAL & is listed as Region 2 so I don't know what to advise.

    http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B...ef=oss_product

    BTW the only reason it's my favourite is because Joseph Calleja is Alfredo & I'm a little bit of a JC fan.
    Ann

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    Just like classical (audio) touch of this opera.

    This one :



    Licia Albanese , Violetta
    Jan Peerce , Alfredo
    Robert Merrill , Germont

    NBC Symphony Orchestra and Chorus
    Arturo Toscanini, Conductor
    1946
    RCA Victor Red Seal

    And This one :



    Maria Callas, Violetta
    Alfredo Kraus, Alfredo
    Mario Sereni, Germont

    Lisbon National Theatre Orchestra and Chorus of San Carlos
    Franco Ghione, Conductor
    Live, 1958
    EMI Classics

    I choose this Recording for Callas's best Violetta, althogh the earlier 1955 La Scala Recording with Carlo maria Giulini - as Conductor - is more famous than this one ...

    None of the newer VHS/DVD versions I've seen could match easily with the deep tragic sense of this drama. They are more sentimental rather than tragic, especially with modern fully fasioned Violettas like Netrebko or Fleming !

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    Last edited by Il_Penseroso; May-09-2011 at 17:10.

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    My favourite recording of 'La Traviata' has to be this one from 1973



    I wish I could get a better sound version of this in video form - the actual recording is amazing


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    From parts of the Netrebko Salzburg version I have seen on youtube, I don't think I would enjoy the overall performance. The gypsies/matadors scene at the masquerade ball in Act 2 just seems really wrong and the strange antics with the clock don't appeal to me at all. I have the Angela Gheorghiu one on DVD and I like the period dress. La Traviata would work well in a modern setting too, but I think that some of the scenes from Salzburg are a bit too abstract and cryptic to find enjoyable. I want to obtain a copy of the Levine movie purely for the visual element. The same matador scene is absolutely amazing and I am curious about watching the whole thing.

    For CD, I have this Sutherland version:



    I have heard much praise for Callas' Violetta, however, and may purchase it at some point.

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    Let's not forget the Violetta of one legendary singer: Rosa Ponselle. This was recorded live from MET in 1935, with Tibbett and Jagel:


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