Verdi's tragic masterpiece is elegantly updated by director Tom Cairns in this 'fresh and thrillingly unfamiliar' (Independent) Glyndebourne production, in which Violetta's death is cast as an idée fixe, creating a liberating framework that is well supported by Hildegard Bechtler's semi-abstract designs. Described as a soprano of 'huge presence, compelling to watch', Venera Gimadieva is ';thrilling' (Guardian) in her company debut as the doomed courtesan, well matched by Michael Fabiano's sharply suited and 'robustly sung' Alfredo (Financial Times), with Tassis Christoyannis delivering an imposing performance as the formidable Germont. Conductor Mark Elder reveals his mastery of the opera's dramatic shape, coaxing each and every nuance out of the London Philharmonic Orchestra to create beautifully stylish music-making.
Violetta Valéry: Venera Gimadieva
Alfredo Germont: Michael Fabiano
Giorgio Germont: Tassis Christoyannis
Annina: Magdalena Molendowska
Flora Bervoix: Hanna Hipp
Baron Douphol: Eddie Wade
London Philharmonic Orchestra
The Glyndebourne Chorus
Conductor: Mark Elder Stage
Director: Tom Cairns
Recorded live at Glyndebourne Opera House, July 2014.
Plus: Verdi’s La traviata - ‘Once heard, never forgotten’, ‘An opera for all times’, and a Cast Gallery.
Sound: Dolby stereo/DTS Surround
Region code: 0 worldwide
Running Time: 132 mins