Verdi: La Traviata / Elder, Gimadieva, Fabiano, Christoyannis

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This 2014 Glyndebourne production of Giuseppi Verdi’s masterpiece La Traviata stars soprano Venera Gimadieva, whose ‘huge presence, compelling to watch’, is ‘thrilling’ (Guardian) in her company debut as the doomed courtesan, well matched by Michael Fabiano’s sharply suited and ‘robustly-sung’ Alfredo (Financial Times), with Tassis Christoyannis delivering an imposing performance as the formidable Germont père. ‘‘... there can be no doubt of his [Mark Elder's] mastery of the opera’s dramatic shape and instrumental palette, flawlessly rendered by the LPO.’’ (The Daily Telegraph)

"The transfer to the small screen enhances some subtleties (especially of the stronger first half) and lets Venera Gimadieva’s Violetta feel like a Gheorgiu-like success of a star on the cusp. The Russian soprano has, and shows skillfully, a grasp of the situation in which the character finds herself that is not only telegraphically clear but most un-prima donna-ish. She is backed up at every stage by Sir Mark Elder’s fresh beating, pacing and balancing of the score – a result the suggests his recent years of work with bel canto repertoire and early-instrument ensembles have taken his Verdi a further stage even beyond his achievements for ENO."
– Mike Ashman, Gramophone


Violetta Valéry - Venera Gimadieva
Alfredo Germont - Michael Fabiano
Giorgio Germont - Tassis Christoyannis
Flora Bervoix - Hanna Hipp
Gastone / Viscount de Letorières - Emanuele D’Aguanno
Annina - Magdalena Molendowska
Baron Douphol - Eddie Wade
Marchese D’Obigny - Oliver Dunn
Doctor Grenvil - Graeme Broadbent

Glyndebourne Chorus
(chorus master: Jeremy Bines)
London Philharmonic Orchestra
Mark Elder, conductor

Tom Cairns, stage director
Hildegard Bechtler, setand costume designer
Peter Mumford, lighting designer
Aletta Collins, choreographer

Recorded live at the Glyndebourne Opera House, July 2014.

- Verdi’s La traviata, “Once heard, never forgotten”
- “An opera for all times”
- Cast gallery

Picture format: 1 NTSC 16:9 anamorphic
Sound format: LPCM 2.0 / DTS 5.1
Region code: 0 (worldwide)
Subtitles: English, French, German, Japanese, Korean
Running time: 132 mins (opera) + 16 mins (bonus)
No. of DVDs: 1

Product Description:

  • Catalog Number: OA 1171D

  • UPC: 809478011712

  • Label: Opus Arte

  • Composer: Giuseppe Verdi

  • Conductor: Mark Elder

  • Orchestra/Ensemble: Glyndebourne Chorus, London Philharmonic Orchestra

  • Performer: Eddie Wade, Emanuele D’aguanno, Hanna Hipp, Magdalena Molendowska, Michael Fabiano, Tassis Christoyannis, Venera Gimadieva