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    ^^^^ My bad jumping to Tosca, but you do need the 56 MET version a saturday radio broadcast in great live sound. Tebaldi really wonderful here in top vocal form with added tension of live performance. No Gobbi as Scarpia but the MET duo of Tucker/Warren perform at high standards of the time.....really cheap now $9 Amazon USA, usually cost much more buy buy......

    It could easily have been included in recent live MET series on Sony, but they went with 62 Price Corelli version



    Back to Traviata..........
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    Quote Originally Posted by schigolch View Post
    I just love "Traviata", from beginning to end.

    Here are some personal feelings about several sopranos singing Violetta, from the early 1900s to the 21st century:

    First thread of the Opera In-Depth Project: La Traviata
    Great in depth perspective of sopranos performing traviata, please take time to check this out, great read!

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    Just one more enjoyable performance I have but didn't mention (maybe that's because I have too many!) is Studier with Levine and Pavarotti.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DavidA View Post
    Just one more enjoyable performance I have but didn't mention (maybe that's because I have too many!) is Studier with Levine and Pavarotti.
    Made to please Pavarotti and Mrs Emily Landouwer who sponsors this recording.
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    Quote Originally Posted by schigolch View Post
    I just love "Traviata", from beginning to end.

    Here are some personal feelings about several sopranos singing Violetta, from the early 1900s to the 21st century:

    First thread of the Opera In-Depth Project: La Traviata
    That's interesting, did you folks ever do more of these Opera in Depth threads?

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    We completed another one, "Die Tote Stadt", back in 2011:

    Second thread of the Opera In-Depth Project: Die Tote Stadt

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    Callas was possibly the greatest Violetta of all time.

    This is my favourite of her versions and the sound is good for a live recording:

    Traviata.jpg

    The only non-Callas version I really enjoy is this one (which is I think complete and also recorded at Covent Garden, so a nice complement to the above.)

    Solti Trav.jpg

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    Quote Originally Posted by RobertKC View Post
    One of the first opera film I even saw, small cinema with 150 seats, all sold out, tears all around.
    First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win.
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    Verdi
    La traviata
    Montserrat Caballé, Carlo Bergonzi, Sherrill Milnes, Gene Boucher, Nancy Stokes
    Orchestra e Coro della RCA Italiana
    Georges Prêtre
    Sony Classical (1967/2013 Remastered Edition)


    I’m very lucky to have finally listened to this Traviata. Some users dissing this for “being made for Caballé’s pleasure” put me apart. This recording has a very particular style that deserves every criticism in the pit and the orchestra: silkiness. This is incredibly mannered and well recorded, the first to have been released without cuts in the score. I personally like the conducting while I remain sceptical about the over sweetness. This takes the drama away in the crucial second scene of Act II and slightly in the duet Germont/Violetta. It's actually creamy.

    The cast is also adapted to this style, benefiting Caballé, shaping Bergonzi and hurting Milnes. I’m in love with this trio because they are all in their prime. Carlo Bergonzi’s Alfredo is really careful in his singing and just shares enough energy in the Toast of Act I. He is more heroic in the first scene of Act II, of course without the energy of the 1959 Aida... He suits his voice for the rest of the Opera and is able to portray fury and drama. He does well for me. Sherrill Milnes’ Germont is a small issue for me. The silkiness does not match his young voice yet and conceptually he feels like an intruder in this recording (what he actually is according to the libretto). He sounds young indeed but I'm more concerned about his tone. The secondary cast never bothers me and supports well the recording.

    Montserrat Caballé is for me the reason to place this recording in the top 3 of Traviatas. I’m sold to her delicacy and singing style, which I should define as elegant and pleasant. The thing I love most about Caballé's Violetta is her voice acting and actually her tone. Her diction improves throughout the opera and it’s only faded in Act I. For me she dwells well in Act I and has little difference with the rest of the opera despite the mentioned issues in Act II Scene II. Act III is superb for her and Bergonzi.

    I have compared this recording with Act I of another appreciated recording for me: the Pritchard Traviata with Sutherland and Bergonzi for Decca. The Orchestra sounds like a Decca recording, really different, and Sutherland is good in the Violetta role. In terms of purchase, I would get this for the price although I’m not sure this Sony Traviata can beat the Kleiber DG recording. I like it to be continuous.

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    La Traviata has to be Callas, who sang Violetta more than any other role after Norma. The role was continually developing in her psyche and finds its fullest expression at Covent Garden 1958, even though she was not in her best voice. Despite the fact she was suffering from a heavy cold, it captures one of those miraculous nights in the theatre, where everything goes right, and which takes you beyond the opera house and confronts you with real tragedy. Valetti and Zanasi are wonderful partners and the opera is conducted most sympathetically by Nicola Rescigno.



    but I'd still want the La Scala performance of 1955 under Giulini, in Visconti's production, which probably changed for ever conceptions of how to produce Italian opera.



    I own two more Callas performances, the Cetra Studio recording, still probably better than anyone else in the role, though the role is still not quite formed in her interpretation; and the Lisbon recording, which I would be quite happy with, were it not for the Covent Garden performance of later that year.



    Other than that, I own the Cotrubas/Kleiber recording, a reminder of some wonderful performances at Covent Garden, and a live recording from Munich (in Italian) with Teresa Stratas and Fritz Wunderlich, who is possibly my favourite Alfredo. Stratas is in much fresher voice than she was for the Zeffirelli movie, but she still finds the Act I coloratura a bit of a trial. She is a very touching Violetta, none the less.

    "It's not enough to have a beautiful voice." Maria Callas

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    Quote Originally Posted by MAS View Post

    To come clean, I've discarded all of the Traviata CDs and DVDs. I've only kep Callas Traviata recordings.
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    My favorite Traviata apart from Callas is the already mentioned Berlin Decca recording with Maazel, Lorengar and Aragall - fantastic singing and recording.

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    Quote Originally Posted by alanmichael1 View Post
    My favorite Traviata apart from Callas is the already mentioned Berlin Decca recording with Maazel, Lorengar and Aragall - fantastic singing and recording.
    I bought this one second hand a while ago and was very pleasantly surprised, especially by the excellent conducting!

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    Quote Originally Posted by betterthanfine View Post
    I bought this one second hand a while ago and was very pleasantly surprised, especially by the excellent conducting!
    For me Lorengar steels the show Aragall is good but Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau is awful.
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