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Jonathan Arnold Says, in 1-31-2010 at 06:34:20 from     

Anna Netrebko has got to be one of the best opera singers out there. From the first time I heard her on her album called Sempre Libera I was hooked. Anna and Rolando Villazon are amazing together, the recording is phenomenal, and I am sure the DVD experience will be out of this world!!
Rating: 5 / 5

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M. schaecher Says, in 1-31-2010 at 09:19:48 from     

Anna Netrebko is a very great soprano. She has that wonderful Russian dark quality to her voice. But Rolando Villazon is something so special. He is so good looking and such a great singer -along with his acting ability and that could make him one of the greats someday. I am new to opera and got hooked when the 3 tenors came on TV. I will gladly shell out any hard earned cash I have for anything by Rolando Villazon.
Rating: 4 / 5

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r henry Says, in 1-31-2010 at 10:47:40 from     

This is a terrific DVD. Netrebko and Villaizon sparkle.There is obvious chemistry between the two of them. I must confess that I am not objective about Netrebko. She is gorgeous and has a gorgeous voice. I saw her in the “Don Pasquale” at the Met in April and she was wonderful. This production takes advantage of her sheer animal magnetism and exuberance. The sound is soaring and beautiful

I thought the minimalist settings were really quite effective and meaningful. The use of the clock and Death figure as metaphors added a new dimension to thinking about the Opera.

This would be a good introduction to Opera for a younger audience (20’s and 30’s) since they will not have preconceived notions about what Traviata should be and cannot fail to be Attracted to the music and the performers.
Rating: 5 / 5

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Annio mozartiano ;) Says, in 1-31-2010 at 12:47:08 from     

Esta Traviata, que se presentó en su día y que trascendió todo un año después como el acontecimiento musical del año 2005 nos muestra a dos de los cantantes más mediáticos del momento: Anna Netrebko y Rolando Villazón: jóvenes, guapos, famosos y catapultados al éxito. Una pareja que indudablemente vende y que han rodado varias óperas (el ‘Romeo y Julieta’ de Gounod especialmente) por diversos teatros con garantía de éxito.

Pues bien, observando esta función no puedo si no llevarme una gran decepción. Primero por el canto, que no está a la altura, ni en una Netrebko, a la que el primer acto le queda grande y que pasa muchos problemas para respirar donde debe (no siempre lo hace…) aunque construya una prostituta interesante como personaje, ni en un Villazón que, aunque cante con estilo dominguiano, se ve perjudicado por su excesivo vibrato, y por una tendencia al engolamiento bastante desagradable, así como por una interpretación sobreactuada, quizás pasional en exceso.

Junto a ellos, en el papel de Giorgio Germont, Thomas Hampson, que nunca ha sido (y quizás nunca llegará a serlo) un buen cantante verdiano. Baste esto para aclarar que está sencillamente fuera de sitio.

A la dirección orquestal de Carlo Rizzi (y tal vez también a la orquesta) le falta italianitá, aun sin ser un desastre; es decir, cumplidora.

La puesta en escena (minimalista en un escenario gigantesco) de Willy Decker no siempre cuenta la historia con claridad, y presenta licencias de dudoso gusto…

Con estos mimbres, no se entiende por qué ha de considerarse esta como una Traviata destinada a marcar una época (hay alguna mejor, incluso en tiempos recientes), y, aunque recomiendo su visionado porque es un dvd del que se ha hablado y se hablará mucho, no me parece una primera versión, ni mucho menos. Solo para fans o coleccionistas de Traviatas.
Rating: 2 / 5

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Breck Says, in 1-31-2010 at 15:01:30 from     

Anyone who gives this DVD a bad review does not understand the true meaning of Opera. The sets are absolutely beautiful, the acting is supurb, and the orchestra/voice balance is just right. Not to mention that the singing is acceptional. Thomas Hampson’s voice is still in top shape and his dramaticism is excellent. Rolando Villazon’s tenor is very resonant and very dramatic. Netrebko’s voice is reminiscent of Sutherland and the Callas early years. She is very dramatic and very sexy. This production is of the highest quality and gives a ray of hope to the future of opera.
Rating: 5 / 5

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