Tuesday, 16 February 2016

A very decent Traviata (ROH/Traviata)

Verdi, La Traviata (Royal Opera cond. Yves Abel)
The pull in going to see the relay of La Traviata, replayed on Sunday afternoon last weekend, was to see Venera Gimadieva singing Violetta again. The short version is this: over the last couple of years she has become even more careful, measured and powerful in her reading. If an already thoughtful and delicate reading has become even more nuanced, it is a shame that the score was unevenly-paced - at times I thought the orchestra were rushing for the last train. Luca Salsi made a fine  Giorgio Germont and from  Saimir Pirgu a very respectable Alfredo with some chemistry. A visually-pleasing production was constrained by the set in the first act and the deathbed occurred in far too large a space.

Giuseppe Verdi
Libretto    Francesco Maria Piave
Director    Richard Eyre
Designer    Bob Crowley
Lighting designer    Jean Kalman
Movement director    Jane Gibson
Conductor    Yves Abel
Violetta Valéry    Venera Gimadieva
Alfredo Germont    Saimir Pirgu
Giorgio Germont    Luca Salsi
Flora Bervoix    Andrea Hill
Gastone de Letorières    Samuel Sakker
Annina    Sarah Pring
Baron Douphol    Yuriy Yurchuk
Doctor Grenvil    James Platt
Marquis D'Obigny    Jeremy White
Giuseppe    Neil Gillespie
Messenger    John Bernays
Servant    Michael Lessiter
Royal Opera Chorus
Orchestra of the Royal Opera House

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