Verdi La Traviata opera to a libretto by Francesco Maria Piave. Directed 2009 by Richard Eyre at the Royal Opera House. Stars Renée Fleming, Joseph Calleja, Thomas Hampson, Monika-Evelin Liiv, Kostas Smoriginas, Eddie Wade, and Richard Wiegold, Haoyin Xue, Sarah Pring, Neil Gillespie, Charbel Mattar, and Jonathan Coad. Antonio Pappano conducts the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House (Concert Master Vasko Vassilev) and the Royal Opera Chorus (Chorus Director Renato Balsadonna). Designs by Bob Crowley; lighting by Jean Kalman; movement direction by Jane Gibson; film direction by Rhodri Huw. Released 2011, disc is restricted to Region A. Grade: A
This Japanese market version of the title appears from product descriptions on the Internet to have exactly the same music as that published by Opus Arte in 2011. The difference would be, of course, other artwork and the addition of package information written in Japanese. It also appears that the sound on this recording, while excellent by general consumer standards, was not recorded with 96kHz/24 bit technology that is often used by Denon. So this would not be one of the audiophile recordings we have been enjoying from Denon. We give the same grade to the works on this title that we gave earlier in our review of the original Opus Arte version.
We would be happy to hear from anyone in Japan would could tell us more about this title. Here is a link for more information: