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Charles H Parsons
American Record Guide, July 2017

The musical performance is outstanding. Peretyatko’s sensitive acting is coupled with a finely nuanced colorful voice. Ayan crashes through Alfredo’s music with little subtlety. The ghost-like Germont is sung by Piazzola with scarcely a facial expression, but with a powerful Verdian voice. © 2017 American Record Guide Read complete review on American Record Guide



Hugo Shirley
Gramophone, February 2017

VERDI, G.: Traviata (La) (Baden-Baden, 2015) (NTSC) 733708
VERDI, G.: Traviata (La) (Baden-Baden, 2015) (Blu-ray, HD) 733804

Olga Peretyatko’s Violetta is very well sung and acted—Act 1’s pyrotechnics don’t faze her… Atalla Ayan’s Alfredo is heartfelt and lyrical, Simone Piazzola’s excellent Germont impeccably stylish and powerfully projected.

Pablo Heras-Casado conducts the period instrumentalists of the Balthasar Neumann Ensemble with real fizz and excitement… © 2017 Gramophone Read complete review on Gramophone



Dave Billinge
MusicWeb International, January 2017

The Violetta of Olga Peretyatko is very beautifully sung and she herself is beautiful enough to make Alfredo’s devotion only too believable, not to mention her success as a courtesan. Likewise Atalla Ayan as Alfredo sings with passion and power when required. He looks believably distraught as events beyond his control destroy his young lover. …Simone Piazolla sings Germont magnificently and deserves the audience applause he receives. © 2017 MusicWeb International Read complete review



Kevin Filipski
The Flip Side, January 2017

BOITO, A.: Mefistofele (Bavarian State Opera, 2015) (Blu-ray, HD) 739304
VERDI, G.: Traviata (La) (Baden-Baden, 2015) (Blu-ray, HD) 733804

Recent stagings of two classic 19th century operas are distinguished by top-notch casts, beginning with Arrigo Boito’s Mefistofele, brought into the musical stratosphere by peerless bass-baritone Rene Pape as the devil, tenor Joseph Calleja as Faust and a riveting Kristine Opolais as Margherita. Verdi’s Traviata has at its center Russian soprano Olga Peretyatko, who makes the courtesan Violetta her own and may be well on her way to becoming the new Anna Netrebko, now that Netrebko has settled into a comfortable middle age. Both discs feature first-rate hi-def video and audio. © 2017 The Flip Side




Remy Franck
Pizzicato, December 2016

There is a lot of fantasy in Rolando Villazon’s staging of La Traviata, though the social aspects which Verdi cared for, are not really well developed. We have mixed feelings about Alfredo’s father, who looks very much like some Komtur from Mozart’s Don Giovanni. …Olga Peretyatko is a good Violetta, and Atalla Ayan convinces as Alfredo with a pleasant timbre and a flexible clear tenor voice. © 2016 Pizzicato





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