• Released
  • July 17, 2013
  • NR , 2 hr 30 min
  • Concert/Special Events
    Music/Performing Arts

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La Traviata

By Pattylee41
Written May 03, 2012
The filming was beautiful, the voices gorgeous, but I prefer the original productions. The starkness of the staging left me cold. I guess I'm a traditionalist. Even said, I was thrilled to hear it and see it again. The Met does a wonderful job of bringing opera to the masses.
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La Traviata - Rebraodcast

By malamuddc
Written May 04, 2012
Wonderful production, though very minimalist as far as the scenery and the costumes are concerned. The singing/voices were equally wonderful, the "acting" outstanding though there were a few times when the principals were not able to reach a particularly high note.
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La Traviata Comes to Life at the Cinema

By 19guibelt33
Written May 03, 2012
Yesterday's encore performance of La Traviata, on the HD screen at Tysons 16 Theaters in Tysons Corner, VA, was a prime example of the success of this project by the Metropolitan Opera, which brings its productions closer to people who may not have a chance to see them on the stage in New York City. The theater was full, and there was quite a long line waiting patiently before the doors opened at 6 o'clock. The show was well worth the wait. Soprano Natalie Dessay, who in addition to a beautiful voice is a good actress, gave what to me was the best performance among a very distinguished cast. The audience was so impressed that here and there applause broke out after many of her arias, timidly because people are not used to clapping in the middle of a film. Congratulations to the Met. And please tell us that it's all right to thank you and your fine artists with applause, even at the movies.
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La Traviata

By dallasr
Written May 03, 2012
The show was great, especially Dessay. She didn't leave anything behind. Polenzani and Hvorostovsy were wonderful also.
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Little Red Dress

By rosboden
Written January 30, 2015
I heard about this production from noted opera expert, Thomson Smillie. It more than lived up to my expectations. I have seen Traviata countless times, the first when I was just 15, living in Auckland, New Zealand. This production was the finest, from the slow walk across the stage during the Act 1 overture to the beautiful strains of 'Parigi, o cara' in Act 3. The gypsy scene, now the 'revelers' scene was truly amazing, displaying enormous creativity from the director and the performers. Natalie Dessay gave a superb performance, every muscle in her body showing she is not just a renowned operatic soprano, but a true actor. She was supported by a fine Alfredo and a superb Germont senior. I can't wait for this to be available on DVD.
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