La Traviata (Jaho)


Verdi Traviata opera to libretto by Francesco Maria Piave. Andrew Sinclair directed 2019-2020 a revival at the Royal Opera House of the well-regarded 1994 production by Richard Eyre. Stars Ermonela Jaho (Violetta Valéry), Charles Castronovo (Alfredo Germont), Plácido Domingo (Giorgio Germont), Simon Shibambu (Dr. Grenvil), Catherine Carby (Annina), Germán E. Alcántara (Baron Douphol), Aigul Akhmetshina (Flora Bervoix), Thomas Atkins (Gastone de Letorières), and Jeremy White (Marchese d'Obigny). Antonello Manacorda conducts the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House (Concert Master Sergey Levitin) and the Royal Opera Chorus (Chorus Director William Spaulding). Designs by Bob Crowley; lighting by Jean Kalman; movement direction by Jane Gibson. [No credit on package for TV director.] Sung in Italian. Released 2016, disc has 5.1 dts-HD Master Audio sound. Grade: NA

This is apparently the 16th revival of Eyre’s Traviata. Many famous stars have appeared in this production over the years. The Royal Opera scheduled the heck out of this through 2019 and on into 2020 with multiple casts, and it was shown aroung the world in movie houses. Something this old runs the risk of becoming a mangy war horse or even a tourist trap. But many print critics were ecstatic about Jaho, and the cast on the Blu-ray even included Plácido Domingo. So it seems this title should be a strong contender even thought there are 10 other Traviatas out in Blu-ray. Curiously, Opus Arte does not credit any TV director for this recording.

Here are a couple of YT clips of Jaho in this: