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Giuseppe Verdi


Giuseppe Verdi
Teatro La Fenice, Venice, 2004

Soloists: Roberto Saccà, Dmitri Hvorostovsky, Patrizia Ciofi
Orchestra, Chorus: Orchestra e Coro del Teatro La Fenice
Conductor: Lorin Maazel
Director: Robert Carsen

When the legendary Venetian Teatro La Fenice, which had been completely destroyed by fire in 1996, rose like a phoenix from the ashes again, its rebirth was celebrated with Verdi’s La Traviata, an opera that had seen its première more than 150 years earlier in the same theatre. Led by star conductor Lorin Maazel, a cast of brilliant singeractors brought an exact replica of the March 1853 version to the stage, giving audiences the opportunity to experience the opera as the world first heard at its premiere in Venice. The original score had been found in the archives of La Fenice, so that La Traviata could relive its premiere without any revisions. With Italian soprano Patrizia Ciofi in the title role, German-Italian tenor Roberto Saccà as her lover and Russian baritone Dmitri Hvorostovsky as his father, the live recording features highly eminent singers of the Italian repertoire and stars, who are at home in opera houses throughout the world. The fascinating staging by internationally celebrated opera director Robert Carsen captures Verdi’s original intention. He takes up Verdi’s dictum that the opera is “a subject from our own time” and sets it in a well-healed contemporary environment. His interpretation picks up the two driving forces of the plot: the topic of prostitution and bourgeois hypocrisy and – immediately connected to it – the other central concern of the opera: money. The multi perspective filming and close-up cameras underline the singers’ outstanding acting ability and leave the impression of a film rather than stage action.

Press Reviews

"Chor und Orchester sind bestens aufgelegt (Chordirektor Piero Monti) – hieran könnte sich die Mailänder Scala ein Beispiel nehmen – und Lorin Maazel zeigt beeindruckend, dass er mit Grund zu den besten Dirigenten unserer Zeit zählt. Jedes Tempo stimmt, die Balance ist ausgezeichnet, die Musik ist voller Charme, Eleganz und (wo erforderlich) Lyrizismus. Regie, Gesangsleistungen und Orchesterdarbietung sind bestens aufeinander abgestimmt [...]." Dr. Jürgen Schaarwächter,, 13.10.2011

"In Robert Carsens aktualisierender Inszenierung glänzten Patrizia Ciofi, Roberto Saccà und Dmitri Hvorostovsky." Ernst-Naredi Rainer, Kleine Zeitung, 04.09.2011

Label: Arthaus Musik

Genre: Opera

Running Time: 146

Picture Format: 16:9

Disc Format: NTSC

Sound Format: PCM Stereo / Dolby Digital 5.1 / DTS 5.1

Number of Discs: 1

Region: 0

Languages: IT

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UPC: 807280722796