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Verdi: La traviata Blu-ray (The Royal Opera) 2019

Soprano Ermonela Jaho stars as Violetta Valéry, with Charles Castronovo as her lover Alfredo and Plácido Domingo as Alfredo’s stern father Giorgio Germont, in The Royal Opera’s much-loved production of Verdi’s La traviata.

One of the greatest of all operas, La traviata is based on the novel and play La Dame aux camélias by Alexandre Dumas fils, inspired in turn by the life and death of the real Parisian courtesan, Marie Duplessis. The opera tells the profoundly moving story of a courtesan prepared to sacrifice everything for love, and contains some of Verdi’s most beautiful arias and duets.

Richard Eyre’s engrossing naturalistic production features stunning designs by his regular collaborator Bob Crowley. Italian conductor Antonello Manacorda conducts Verdi’s sublime score, which offers a wonderful showcase for the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House and Royal Opera Chorus.

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Violetta Valéry: Ermonela Jaho
Alfredo Germont: Charles Castronovo
Giorgio Germont: Plácido Domingo
Annina: Pamela Helen Stephen
Doctor Grenvil: Simon Shibambu

Royal Opera Chorus
Orchestra of the Royal Opera House
Conductor: Antonello Manacorda
Music: Giuseppe Verdi
Director: Richard Eyre
Designs: Bob Crowley

Plus: Introduction to La traviata; Behind the Movement; Interviews with Richard Eyre and Bob Crowley; Cast Gallery

Picture: 16:9
Sound: LPCM 2.0 + Surround 5.1 DTS MA
Format: Blu-ray
Region code: 0 worldwide
Running Time: 149 mins

Jaho gives everything she has, especially an exceptional diversity of soft singing, intimate, vulnerable, dreamy, apprehensive, intense and the result is a deeply moving portrayal." Financial Times

"Jaho’s mix of defiance, fragility and savage honesty builds to an overwhelming finale." The Guardian

"Castronovo is a splendid Alfredo, his bright, springy tone capturing the character’s impetuosity." Gramophone

"[Jaho] is heartbreaking and possesses a delicious luminosity of tone. Charles Castronvo is a suitably ardent Alfredo; Plácido Domingo a woofy Germont... The production... is handsome and traditional." Opera Now