Thursday, April 18, 2013

REVIEW: Verdi's La Traviata

It has come to a point that my review of the shows I have seen are so way overdue that I have no way of fully recovering from it. So here it is, I will just do a quick and more mini than mini review…

HK Cultural Center Grand Theatre, Saturday March 23


This is my third La Traviata in six months (Opera Hong Kong in October and La Monnaie in December 2012), and this serves as a good finale (I don’t foresee seeing another La Traviata within the year!) In this wonderful staging for Teatro di San Carlo, award-winning film director Ferzan Özpetek and triple Oscar-winning art director Dante Ferretti (Hugo, Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street and The Aviator) infuse the opera with cinematic attention to details. Soprano Carmen Giannattasio as Violetta was effective in both dramatic and vocal front (in that order). Tenor Jose Bros, whom I last saw as Javier in Torroba’s Luisa Fernanda in Theatro Real Madrid in 2006, was vocally splendid and youthful. Rarely did I witness though the role Giorgio Germont stealing the show, but that is what baritone Simone Piazzola did exactly. His singing was remarkably fluid and with the kind of commitment that was compelling. Overall, this is the best La Traviata of the three!

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LA TRAVIATA

Creative Team:
Music: GIUSEPPE VERDI
Libretto: FRANCESCO MARIA PIAVE
Conductor: ROBERTO ABBADO
Director: FERZAN ÖZPETEK
Chorus Conductor: SALVATORE CAPUTO
Set: DANTE FERRETTI
Costume: ALESSANDRO LAI

Cast includes:
Violetta Valéry: CARMEN GIANNATTASIO
Alfredo Germont: JOSE BROS
Giorgio Germont: SIMONE PIAZZOLA
Flora Bervoix: GIUSEPPINA BRIDELLI

with the SAN CARLO ORCHESTRA and CHORUS

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