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!
Written July 01, 2016
The signing and acting were outstanding. Natalie Dessai was the greatest. She definitely carried the film. Willy Decker's staging was not my to my liking. I would rather have the sets and costumes of the period.
I will check the next time I buy a ticket to make sure it is not minimalized.
Written April 19, 2012
My husband and I think Natalie Dessay is one of the all-time greats of opera, and we go out of our way to hear/see her. She and her co-star seemed to have an especially good chemistry in this production. We especially love the intermission interviews and backstage features of these live in HD operas. The singers are so generous to be willing to be interviewed right after performing such challenging roles. Natalie was especially disarming when she said "Sorry" to the audience in referance to her only slightly flat singing of a high note. In short, we loved all aspects of this opera, with the slight exception of the sets. While we would have preferred a traditional setting, these were effective and dramatic.
Written August 27, 2016
Very simplistic set allowing you to focus on the performance. A must see!!! Only drawback was the theater; every HD Live performance we have attended in past two years has a "blackout" during transmission. Save a few dollars and see the encore performances as there aren't any blackouts
Written April 15, 2012
first time i have seen Traviata in the new, modern setting and cannot decide if I like it or not. I think i concentrated on the music more with the stark settings but the clock was definitely distracting. I kept trying to figure out if the times on it had any significance to the plot.
All the voices were suberb and the music is, of course, timeless and beautiful.
How I wish Fandango would allow for reserved seating; it is so inconvenient to have to rush down there to get a good seat before all the buses from the senior living centers arrive.
We have friends who subscribe to Met in HD in White Plains, NY and they have reserved seats for each performance at a very nominal rate.