In my perception, the Metropolitan's contemporary staging of this well-known opera accomplished the stated goal, which was to distill it to its musical/dramatic essence by removing the settings, costumes, and periphery that identify it specifically with place and time. The drama itself was the focus, powerfully and clearly communicated by a cast of thoroughly experienced and talented singer/actors. For me, this presentation was far more impactful than any Traviata I have seen previously...