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|Verdi - La Traviata / Bonfadelli Piper Bruson Ricci Peebo Leveroni Domingo Busseto|
Actors: Renato Bruson, Stefania Bonfadelli, Annely Peebo, Scott Piper, Luca Casalin
Director: Fausto Dall'Olio
Genres: Indie & Art House, Music Video & Concerts, Musicals & Performing Arts
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A Captivating Performance.
John G. Gleeson Sr. | Frederic, Mi USA | 09/07/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I have heard and seen La Traviata many, many times, but there are two memorable Violettas. By memorable, I mean that vocal skill and acting ability combined to produce a performance that was spellbinding. The first was seeing a young Catherine Malfitano with the Michigan Opera Company. From the first few moments of the party scene to the end of the performance, She WAS the consumptive courtesan who discovered love. The second is Stefania Bonfadelli in this DVD. Because this is an intimate production, with great closeup shots, any flaws in acting would be instantly obvious, but there are none: she is one with her part. Vocally, she may be slightly less gifted than Anna Moffo, Kiri Te Kanawa or Montserrat Caballe, but she is a young woman whose vocal skills should increase. Still, though, she produces a beautifully realized Violetta, that has captivated me, and which has to be experienced to be totally understood. Words can convey only so much.Scott Piper is great as the young Alfredo. Although he sounds a bit "tight" in the first act, by the time he sings "De' miei bollenti spiriti", he is not only in fine voice, but epidomizes a young man in love. His acting skills are excellent. Both he and Ms. Bonfadelli are young singers and thus bring a high level of believeability to their roles. His father, Georgio Germont, is sung by veteran Verdian Renato Bruson. Time has treated his voice well, and he does an excellent job in capturing the 19th century pater familias; The second act duet with Violetta is simply splendid!The performance, as noted, is intimate. This is, in large part, due to the fact that it was done in the tiny Teatro Giuseppi Verdi, located in the composer's home town of Busetto. The theatre seats 300 (no typo) and has a stage that is just ten meters deep (TDK recorded "Aida" (q.v.) there, producing an exciting DVD of that great work). The conductor is non other than Placido Domingo, who does a stellar job in keeping a brisk, yet unrushed, tempo. The orchestra, chorus and all minor roles are very well done.Some minor criticisms do not diminish the wonderful performance: someone should have edited the English subtitles. I have noticed this on other TDK operatic releases, and Amazon should reflect that this IS a TDK release, not one from Naxos. TDK is releasing some great operas on DVD, folks, and at prices that are less than CDs. Those folks deserve the credit for this one!Finally, I reiterate that opera on DVD is next best to a live performance. Technically (aside from the needed editing) this disc is near perfect. The picture is crisp, and a DTS option exists for the sound for those who want to break a lease or educate the neighbors. La Traviata is one of the great Verdi operas. It is highly melodic and would be a good entry level opera for folks who are wondering what the fuss is all about. For any lover of Verdi's works, this is a "must have" disc."
Joe P | Petaluma, CA United States | 06/29/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"There are only a few DVDs of Traviata and I own this one and Solti/Gheorghiu version at Covent Garden. In short, they are both 'to die for'. In my opinion, DVDs are the next best thing to the San Francisco, or for that matter, any other Opera House. Bonfadelli does not sing as well as Angela but the acting is wonderful and both have their own interesting interpretations of VV. Watching Domingo conduct was also a treat albeit he is no Solti. Zefferelli's set is excellent (as always) as was the set at Covent Garden. These are absolute musts for any opera DVD collection."
La Traviata Par Excelence
M. S. Davis | Sydney, Australia | 01/23/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Magnificent, Brilliant, Bravo, Brava, Bravissimo all involved. Stefania Bonfaddelli is the ideal Violetta her own looks make her the ideal, she looks like a very pretty normal young woman caught up in the exciting world of the Parisian courtesans of the late 18th or early 19th century, which is what Verdi was portraying, no powdered princess who is plain unlucky to have consumption, her phrasing and her vocal control is perfect for the part, her rendition of "E strano, E strano" etc. to the end of the first act was magnificent not only for the singing but also for the acting, both the singing and the acting here is something that many soprano's should view and take notice of, what a wonderful young soprano we have here I think she will go on to a magnificent career. I don't envy Scott Prince, winning this role is for him a plus and a minus, the minus being imagine singing Alfredo in front of the very man who was the master of this role, I met him once and I was in awe of him and all I did was talk to him, I couldn't even imagine singing in front of him particularly a role that he had mastered, the plus is all the help and guidance that Placido would have given him, I thought he sang extremely well, he even sang the "Oh mio rimorso infamia" aria that many tenors avoid. Renato Bruson, again magnificent, what a wonderful artist this man has been for many years, he was a perfect Giorgio Germont as the applause after the "Di Provenza il mar, il suol" made evident. What can one say regarding the great Franco Zeffirelli, any time you see his name in the list you are certain that the staging will be better than first class, what he does with such a small stage is incredible, once again Bravo Maestro, Placido Domingo's control of the excellent orchestra was as near perfection as anyone could get, the sound in such a small theater was perfectly controlled, I don't think the great Toscanini could have done better. One scene that was totally and absolutely perfect for it's meaning and effect was the second act end at Violetta's "Alfredo Alfredo" and the complete cast chorus etc. that ends the act, Violetta is standing center stage top alone with the rest of the cast making a triangle from top stage to each side front, Violetta is there with all her friends and yet so alone, very very effective. I would love to see Stefania Bonfadelli in either Massenet's "Werther" with Roberto Alagna I think this production would equal the 1931 production with Georges Thill and Ninon Valon, which has never happened to date, or Madama Butterfly with either Roberto Alagna or Ramon Vargas, I think either cast could equal the Placido Domingo/Mirella Freni production.
Buy this DVD you will be amazed at what can be done and the effects that can be produced with such a small theater and you will be awed at the emotions that this wonderful cast produce. Bravo, Brava Bravissimo everyone concerned."