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100112 - VERDI: Traviata (La) (PAL)

Giuseppe Verdi (1813-1901)

La Traviata (The Woman Gone Astray), opera in four acts
From the Glyndebourne Festival Opera 1988
Running Time: 138 min
Cast: Marie McLaughlin, Walter MacNeil, Brent Ellis,
The London Philharmonic Orchestra / Conductor: Bernard Haitink / Stage Director: Peter Hall
Menu Languages: GB, D, F, SP
Subtitle Languages: GB, F, D
Sound Format: PCM Stereo
Picture Format: 4:3
Region Code: 2,5
Sel. No. 100 112 PAL

After "Aida" and "La forza del destino", ARTHAUS MUSIK offers another brilliant prelude to the forthcoming Verdi Year with this recording of the staging and television production of La Traviata by Peter Hall, under the baton of Bernhard Haitink, and with Marie McLaughlin in the title role. The opera was produced for the Glyndebourne Festival Opera in 1988. John Gunter's decor and costumes illustrate the Paris of the nineteenth century against the social background of the ancien regime. The producer draws a clear line between the splendid public lifestyle of Violetta and her modest private reality. Clocks everywhere recall the transience and brevity of the Traviata's life. In 1852, together with Giuseppina Strepponi, with whom at that time he lived in the country, and who was later to become his wife, Verdi saw Alexandre Dumas' new play La dame aux camelias (based on Dumas' 1848 novel of the same name) at the Parisian Theatre du Vaudeville. Dumas was one of the lovers of the "historical" figure Alphonsine (or Marie, as she called herself) Duplessis, the famous Parisian courtesan, who died in 1847 at the age of 23.

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