Verdi: La Traviata Blu-ray (The Royal Opera) 2009


  • Verdi’s best-loved work, is performed here by a star cast in a revival of Richard Eyre's highly acclaimed 1994 production. Music Director Antonio Pappano conducts La traviata for the first time at Covent Garden and American soprano Renée Fleming returns to Covent Garden to sing Violetta for the first time with The Royal Opera. Joseph Calleja and Thomas Hampson complete the line-up of outstanding lead singers.

    Also available on DVD and as part of a Blu-ray box-set

    Violetta Valéry: Renée Fleming
    Alfredo Germont: Joseph Calleja
    Giorgio Germont: Thomas Hampson
    Annina: Sarah Pring
    Flora Bervoix: Monika-Evelin Liiv
    Baron Douphol: Eddie Wade 

    Royal Opera Chorus
    Chorus Director: Renato Balsadonna
    Orchestra of the Royal Opera House
    Concert Master: Vasko Vassilev
    Conductor: Antonio Pappano
    Music: Giuseppe Verdi
    Director: Richard Eyre
    Designs: Bob Crowley
    Lighting Design: Jean Kalman
    Movement: Jane Gibson

    Plus: Antonio Pappano interviews Renée Fleming; Cast Gallery

    Picture: 16:9
    Sound: 2.0 LPCM stereo / DTS-HD 5.1 Master Audio
    Format: Blu-ray
    Region code: All Regions
    Running Time: 154 mins
    Subtitles: EN/FR/DE/ES/CH

  • "Renée Fleming is in complete command as Verdi's courtesan, facing down the awesome difficulties of her big first act solo scene with assurance and maintaining a strong tone inflected with appropriate colours... [Calleja] presents an ideal combination of the vulnerable and the headstrong... Antonio Pappano takes charge of this revival, searching out the meaning of Verdi's score in a supple, sentient reading that sweeps you along." The Guardian

    "[On Fleming] But what a sound it is and how – in true bel canto fashion – it shapes and defines the emotion. The little hairpin dynamics, the wistful portamenti, the way in her climactic act one aria she takes time to savour the 'mysterious', 'exalted' tone of the music culminating in a real (and properly ecstatic) trill." The Independent

    "I was sniffy about her [Fleming] first night but this DVD comes from later in the run, by which time she had found an uncharacteristic emotional freedom. She is still the prima donna playing the part, but the beautiful sounds she makes, especially in the Act One finale and the Act Two party, are well worth hearing, and the high-quality film-work puts us right at the heart of the action." Financial Times