La Traviata (Damrau)


Verdi La Traviata opera to libretto by Francesco Maria Piave. Directed 2014 by Benoît Jacquot the Paris Opéra Bastille. Stars Diana Damrau (Violetta Valéry), Francesco Demuro (Alfredo Germont), Ludovic Tézier (Giorgio Germont), Anna Pennisi (Flora Bervoix), Cornelia Oncioiu (Annina), Gabriele Mangione (Gastone), Fabio Previati (Il Baron Douphoi), Igor Gnidii (Il Marchese d'Obigny) and Nicolas Testé (Dr. Grenvil). Francesco Ivan Ciampa conducts the Ochestre et Chœur de l'Opéra National de Paris. Sets by Silvain Chauvelot; costumes by Christian Casc; lighting by André Diot; choreography by Philippe Giraudeau; directed for TV by Lousie Narboni and Benoît Jacquot; produced by Françoise Gazio and Laurent Métivier. Released  2015, disc has 5.1 Dolby Digital sound. Grade: NA

This is substantially the same team that brought us the controversial, but ultimately highly successful Werther, also staged at the Paris Opera Bastille. If the team follows the same formula, the live audience will get a sumptuous traditional version of La Traviata. The home theater audience will get all that plus movie-like realism in acting and inventive camera work that shows things more intimately than the live audience could dream of. This is on my buy list for sure.