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La Traviata Met HD

By lizrobhig
Written April 15, 2012
The singing of the 3 leads was great. Violetta a very demanding role. Her acting is outstanding, along with her voice. Found it remarkable that she could collapse onto the floor twice from upright. But did not like the setting or staging or that big ugly clock! Also, didn't like the modern day dress of all the cast. Didn't fit the story, and I don't think what Verdi had in mind. The huge chorus of men all in black suits and ties was an unattracive sight - why so many? And it took forever for them to back out of the room. Boring and unnecessary. However, because of the vocal talent of the leads I give it a GO.
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La Traviata

By kailuagrrl
Written August 21, 2014
Dessay expended the effort of lifting a small pick up truck and Polezani has a new fan in me. Staging was exquisite. And Dmitri looked dashing in his small role. La Traviata: Life is a ***** and then you DIE!!!
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La Traviata

By jmclassicist
Written April 16, 2012
New production was awful. It seem that the budget for the sets and costumes must have been $1,000! Bring back the "old" production. What a waste of vocal talent. To be generous the tenor was a poor actor.
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Met Opera vs Houston Grand Opera

By nalani13
Written April 16, 2012
The Met Opera was much more modern and interupretive than our recent Houston Grand Opera. The Met's version easier to understand the psychology of Violetta and I loved the clock onstage marking down her time and also when the party boys carried off the new "IT" girl in the red dress and the clock. As always MetHD has wonderful closeups and sets and I love the behind the scenes interviews at the intermission. All that said. ... The HGO had a beautiful voiced Violetta and our Tenor was magnificent. Both productions were awesome and of course the music was fabulous in both.
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La Traviata

By ukducky1
Written July 25, 2014
I loved the music, and the singing was exquisite. Alas however, so much was lost in the stark scenery. Half of the beauty of La Traviata is the elegance and spleandour of the dress and period of time when the opera is set. The sound quality in the last act was poor, and had a tinny quality to it. I notice in the next season that there are more renditions in the "modern" I will not be going. Thank goodness Aida is true to form.
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