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La Traviata

By Itaught
Written April 15, 2012
This is a live transmission of an opera. Anyone reading a summary would know the end. It is not a mystery but an aural and visual experience. While being present at a live opera is an excellent experience, for the average person with binoculars it is like watching a marionette show while listening to a CD played on a decent system. The movie lets you see the characters, takes you behind the stage to talk to the singers and, for the most part, translates what is being said. There is nothing that beats an up-close view of the singers doing their thing. The updating, scenery and costuming, of this La Traviata was interesting but my preference is for the original staging. It lends something to the context that wasn't present in this stylized version. Independent of these details, listening to one of the best-known operas of Verdi with the seat almost on the stage is well-worth the small price charged for admisssion.
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Don't fix it if it a'int broken!

By joybabydaddy
Written April 15, 2012
The director of this opera decided to take a classic opera and uptdate it to the 21st century which for me was a complete disaster. No sets, scenery, or costumes. Half the fun of seeing an opera is the "period piece" aspect where you are taken back several centuries or more and see what people wore back then and what the scenery was like. In this version everyone, including women (except the lead role) wore suits and they used the same set for all 3 acts using just a couch (or several couches) and a clock. TERRIBLE IDEA!
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Natalie Dessary never disappoints

By joydillon
Written April 16, 2012
Although it was obvious she waws singing through a cold, Natalie Dessay delivered a beautiful Traviata. Her superior acting skills and the vocal technique that allowed her to sing despite a raspy speaking voice served her well. Contemporary production was better than some (Faust) , although modern dress and giving up one's love so the sister can marry well just don't go together. Entire cast sang well. The combination of Verdi's music and Natalie Dessay's performing are hard to beat.
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The Metropolitan Opera: La Traviata

By john625
Written April 16, 2012
This was my first Opera HD show. It was truly stunning, perhaps even better than seeing the opera live. Really amazing voices, excellent staging, VERY emotional performance.
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La Traviata in HD -- what a disappointment!

By dotconig
Written April 22, 2012
Unfortunately, I paid good money to see this La Traviata at the Met. To say that I was disappointed is gross understatement. The Met has transformed my favorite opera into a farce! What's with the cardboard backdrop? What's with the '40s gaudy slipcovers? What's with the clock? Yes, there is a difference between a courtesan and a prostitute. Why toy with the perfection of Zeffirelli's production, which realized all the beauty of the music in a setting equally beautiful. Ordinarily, I would have attended the HD production, but memories of that live performance needed to be purged.
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