- Verdi’s inspirations
- Violetta’s characterisation
- Short section on the music
- Modern films inspired by the opera
- Clips from other presentations of the opera
- Why it is regarded as No.1 in the world according to Operabase.com.
(This is the version to be shown on the 20th May)
This is a clip from Willy Decker’s 2005 production at the Salzburg Festival; notice the use of a large clock as the centerpiece for the stage (by Wolfgang Gussman) to signify Violetta’s impending death. Anna Netrebko’s is Violetta, Rolando Villazón is Alfredo and Thomas Hampson as Germont. Villazón viciously stuffs and throws money all over Netrebko’s body, which although unsettling is quite effective.
Placido Domingo is Alfredo in Franco Zeffirelli film of ‘La Traviata.’ At the age of 20, Domingo made his debut in Mexico and later admitted that he, ‘had not yet learned to control his emotions.’ Teresa Stratas’ Violetta encapsulates a lot of the elements Verdi would have wanted in his ideal Violetta (in my view.) Cornell MacNeil plays Germont.
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The Complete Operas of Verdi, Charles Osborne (1997)
The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Opera, Stanley Sadie (2004)
The Operas of Verdi: Volume 2, Julian Budden (1992)
La traviata Opera Guide Roger Parker, Anna Picard, et al. (2013)
La traviata Opera Guide, Nicholas John, Denis Arnold, et al. (1985)