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.
Written August 04, 2015
This production is an abomination. It completely destroys the meaning of what Verdi & Piave wrote, instead substituting the dreams & vision of the director. Mr. Gelb, we pay to see & hear Verdi, not the directors distorting ideas which were not what the story is about. The singing was magnificent. Hvorostovsky is the best Germont since Robert Merrill, perhaps better. Polenzani is becoming one of the great lyric tenors of our age. His singing was gorgeous. I have never seen a poor performance by Dessay and this was no exception, even if she did miss a high C in the 1st act.
Written August 31, 2015
The minimal set was boring, and the huge clock seemed pointless and distracting. Having all the party guests dressed as men didn't make sense. I also found the character who walked around the edge of the set (God/ Death/ the doctor?) incomprehensible. The music was, as always, beautiful, but I found Dessay's voice disappointing. It was difficult to become emotionally involved. The second and third acts developed more passion, but the first act was very sterile. Dmitri Hvorostovsky stole the show! His singing, acting and passion far outdistanced the other performers, and helped make the last two acts more enjoyable. All in all, there are better vesions available on DVD!
Written October 01, 2014
I agree with those not liking the new production.....especially for the last act. However, the music, the voices, the acting....all over the top - even though Dessay says she missed a high note! Go see it if you are an Opera buff.
Written April 15, 2012
I have seen La Traviata several times. This one is stunning. Not only is Natalie Dessay a great soprano but also a wonderful acress. The entire cast was supurb. Don't stop jshowing these operas!