Natalie Dessay - Verdi: La Traviata DVD
Natalie Dessay made her first European appearances as Violetta in La traviata in a new production by the French director Jean-Francois Sivadier at the 2011 Aix-en-Provence Festival.
This DVD captures her intense performance in the company of American tenor Charles Castronovo as Alfredo and French baritone Ludovic Tezier as his father, Giorgio Germont.
"Her theatrical impact is devastating," wrote the Financial Times. With this new production of La traviata at the 2011 Aix-en-Provence Festival, Natalie Dessay made her first European appearances as Verdi's Violetta, a pinnacle of the soprano repertoire. She made her debut in the role in 2009 at the Santa Fe Festival in the US, and subsequently sang Violetta in Japan. Dessay's 2011-12 season will include La traviata at the Vienna State Opera (in this Aix-en-Provence production by French theatre and opera director Jean-Francois Sivadier) and the New York Metropolitan.
Violetta makes tremendous demands on a singer, both vocally and dramatically, and signals Dessay's transition from lighter coloratura roles to the more full-blooded lyric repertoire. "I'm tired of playing weeping girls," she told the French magazine Tele 7 Jours, "Violetta is a real woman. That makes a nice change!" The change was clearly successfully achieved. Sivadier's production was staged in the open air, in Aix-en-Provence's exquisite Theatre de l'Archeveche with its huge spiral staircases, medieval arches and 18th-century wings. The stage decor was minimal, the simple costumes evoked the 1940s or 1950s, and the prime focus was on intense characterisation.
Release Date : 19 Mar 2012