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Verdi: La Traviata
 
 
Artist
Kristiane Kaiser, Magdalena Anna Hofmann, Daniel Ohlenschlager & others. Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra & Chorus. Ernst Marzendorfer, conductor.
Studio Medici Arts
Format DVD Widescreen
DVD Encoding
Worldwide  (What is DVD encoding?)
MPAA Rating
Not Rated
UPC 880242572189
Runtime/Release Date 2 hrs 14 mins/2008
Daedalus Item Code 25857
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Description
This well-cast, outdoor stage production from the Opernfestspiele St. Margarethen was recorded in July of 2008. After the final curtain calls, spectacular fireworks appear over the stage area, accompanied by music from the opera.

"Märzendorfer produces yet another clean, crisp, finely drawn reading of the score. (Verdi would have died for a conductor this good in some of his productions.) When Violetta (Kristiane Kaiser) first begins to sing, the voice is slightly off-mike, which produces a beautiful ambience around it…. François Borras, is a shaggy-haired young tenor with the kind of French vibrato I thought had died out with Georges Thill…. I am much taken with his elegance of phrasing, the likes of which I haven't heard in many a long year…. Borras sings his offstage interjections in 'Sempre libera' more beautifully than I've ever heard them … and Kaiser also sticks to the score by omitting the traditional high E flat at the end. Verdi would have been proud of her…. Act II arrives on the impassioned wings of Borras's 'De' miei bollenti spiriti,' and I've not heard a more exquisite performance in ages. His singing here reminded me of Fernando de Lucia's elegant, impassioned interpretation, but without de Lucia's distortions of phrase and tempo. This is, indeed, bel canto at its best."—Fanfare

"Borras is an effective Alfredo, acting the part with imagination and commitment, and singing it with a distinctive mellifluousness."—American Record Guide

 
 
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