• Released
  • May 15, 2013
  • (Limited NY; Expands LA 5/24)
  • NR , 1 hr 53 min
  • Documentary
Becoming Traviata Synopsis
Soprano Natalie Dessay and director Jean-Francois Sivadier reinvent Verdi's "La Traviata."

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Critic Ratings

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Los Angeles Times

By Sheri Linden
Zeroing in on the art of rehearsal, Becoming Traviata is an exquisitely observed look at performance and the creative process.
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90

Village Voice

By Alan Scherstuhl
A spare and ravishing doc.
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88

New York Post

By Farran Smith Nehme
Philippe Béziat’s documentary focuses on how Sivadier and his Violetta, the French soprano Natalie Dessay, fuse acting with the music. It’s...
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75

Boston Globe

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Becoming Traviata might make you feel you’ve seen Verdi’s opera, or it might make you want to see it.
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63

Slant Magazine

It works as a reminder of the important interactiveness of the performing arts, of actors evoking the drama, action, and emotion that...
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60

Time Out New York

By David Fear
Those unfamiliar with Verdi’s tragedy won’t understand why this production was significant, nor see much of the fruits of such hard work;...
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60

The New York Times

By Rachel Saltz
May not be fully satisfying as a documentary. But it has what any good movie needs: a star — the ever-game soprano Natalie Dessay.
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By bdavidson231
amazing! Dessay is wonderful....

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Rated NR