Verdi La Traviata Anna Netrebko
When this DVD was released last summer I was reluctant to buy it because I have heard about the "unusual" staging, but finally I decided to go for it. And I am glad I did!
Right from the beginning I was taken in and never let go.
Netrebko and Villazon were amazing. Some of the other reviewers have said that Villazon was over the top, and Netrebko's singing was flawed,yes, they are not the best singers I have heard or seen, but I don't recall other Alfredo and Violetta team that create such excitement, and I have been going to the opera for almost fifty years!!
You could feel the wild passion of young lovers in the earlier scenes and their despair of knowing that all is lost in the last act.
In the last act after Annina announces that Alfredo have returned and Violetta and Alfredo run into each other's arms I broke into tears and I think that I cried all the way to the end.
These two people just with their voices and their acting did not need any staging!
I did not care for Hampson's Giorgio Germont, but then I am not a great fan of his,anyhow.
This a DVD that I am sure that I will watch many times in spite of the "unusual" staging.