Written July 18, 2013
I'm new to opera and haven't become accustomed to the over-trained voices. But Natalie Dessay's voice is light and airy -- a sheer delight. How she can deliver those ethereal notes while lying on the floor, running around a room, or dying, is simply a miracle. I was breathless watching her, but fortunately she wasn't.
Written September 16, 2014
The Met did a fantastic job of staging/shooting this live performance, the problem is that watching opera at a movie theater sucks without people enforcing opera house rules. No one should be able to enter and obstruct views and disturb people while a song is in progress! No one should ever shout directions to the film booth from the audience WHILE A SONG IS IN PROGRESS. Theaters really need an usher or two, at least for the first act while morons figure out this is not Pacific Rim.
Written August 30, 2014
La Traviata, like Carmen and Riggoletto befoire it is an incredible experience. The visuals, the sound, the music, the acting is all amazing and the prices are so reasonabloe, compared to live performances
Written November 26, 2014
I'm more of a traditionalist and was surprised with this contemporary rendition of La Traviata. But after a few moments I got into the minimalistic sets and the subtleties of the performance. Dessay's voice was pleasing and had wonderful range. Also, the baritone voice of Hvorostovsky was notable.
I still prefer the traditional rendition and sets and I fondly remember Tebaldi, Price, and Moffo doing this role; but I appreciated Dessay nonetheless.
Written May 04, 2012
The Encore presentation of La Traviata was superThe acting and singing were as usual exceptional. However, I would prefer to see the old style production and not the modern one. It somehow seemed monotonous to see so little change of scenery. It was very colorful, but the old costumes are more in line with the story. Natalie Dessay is really a gem!!!!!!!!