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Stephen Francis Vasta
Opera News, June 2020

VERDI, G.: Traviata (La) [Opera] (Royal Opera House, 2019) (NTSC) OA1292D
VERDI, G.: Traviata (La) [Opera] (Royal Opera House, 2019) (Blu-ray, HD) OABD7260D

Ermonela Jaho, as Violetta, sounds good at the top of her range…

The Germont is Plácido Domingo, whose resonant timbre remains very much that of a tenor…He brings an appropriate gravitas to the role…

Among the Covent Garden comprimarios, the perky Flora (Aigul Akhmetshina), debonair Gastone (Thomas Atkins) and matronly, sympathetic Annina (Catherine Carby) make positive contributions. © 2020 Opera News Read complete review



Mike Parr
MusicWeb International, April 2020

VERDI, G.: Traviata (La) [Opera] (Royal Opera House, 2019) (NTSC) OA1292D
VERDI, G.: Traviata (La) [Opera] (Royal Opera House, 2019) (Blu-ray, HD) OABD7260D

This revival featured Albanian soprano Ermonela Jaho who brings much to the role of Violetta. Her deeply-impassioned dramatic skills are definitely an advantage and her petite build really makes her appear convincing as the frail French courtesan.

From among the smaller roles there is a wonderfully vivacious and golden-toned Flora from the young Russian mezzo Aigul Akhmetshina. I look forward to encountering her again. Antonello Manacorda conducts the Royal Opera House forces in a relatively swift and moving reading of Verdi’s score. © 2020 MusicWeb International Read complete review



Mark Pullinger
Gramophone, February 2020

VERDI, G.: Traviata (La) [Opera] (Royal Opera House, 2019) (NTSC) OA1292D
VERDI, G.: Traviata (La) [Opera] (Royal Opera House, 2019) (Blu-ray, HD) OABD7260D

Minor roles are effectively cast, from rising star Aigul Akhmetshina’s flighty Flora to the veteran Jeremy White’s blustering Marquis d’Obigny. Manacorda conducts sensitively, not always with Solti’s zip, but supports his singers well. ‘Baritone’ aside, an enjoyable memento of an enduring production. © 2020 Gramophone Read complete review on Gramophone




Remy Franck
Pizzicato, December 2019

VERDI, G.: Traviata (La) [Opera] (Royal Opera House, 2019) (NTSC) OA1292D
VERDI, G.: Traviata (La) [Opera] (Royal Opera House, 2019) (Blu-ray, HD) OABD7260D

In the title role the Albanian soprano Ermonela Jaho is superb. She is the Violetta through and through, who loves the glamorous society and the role she has to play in it, regardless of her risks. Vocally she gives everything, even to the limit, but she is so flexible that she is able to perfectly express the different facets of the character, the triumphant as well as the fearful, the vulnerable and the extrovert, the dreamy as well as the intense in an extremely moving performance.

With the orchestra, conductor Antonello Manacorda provides a sensitive orchestral support with a precise rhythm and many colours. © 2019 Pizzicato Read complete review



Kevin Filipski
The Flip Side, December 2019

Giuseppe Verdi’s classic opera about a famed courtesan is a dazzling showcase for a soprano, and Albanian singer Ermonela Jaho thrillingly goes for broke in her emotive characterization, so much so that she actually looks consumptively shrinking at the end of Richard Eyre’s handsome Royal Opera House (London) production. As her lover and his father, respectively, Charles Castronovo and legendary Placido Domingo acquit themselves well. It’s adeptly conducted by Antonello Manacorda, leading the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House. Hi-def video and audio are first-rate. © 2019 The Flip Side




Opera Now, December 2019

VERDI, G.: Traviata (La) [Opera] (Royal Opera House, 2019) (NTSC) OA1292D
VERDI, G.: Traviata (La) [Opera] (Royal Opera House, 2019) (Blu-ray, HD) OABD7260D

This new film enshrines the 2019 performance of Ermonela Jaho, whose Violetta is a creation of the highest artistry imaginable. © 2019 Opera Now



Lark Reviews, November 2019

VERDI, G.: Traviata (La) [Opera] (Royal Opera House, 2019) (NTSC) OA1292D
VERDI, G.: Traviata (La) [Opera] (Royal Opera House, 2019) (Blu-ray, HD) OABD7260D

The singers not only work closely as an ensemble but are outstanding, if slightly unusual, in their own right. Charles Castronovo is a dark voiced Alfredo, though the top of the voice is certainly secure and passionate. By contrast Placido Domingo’s Giorgio Germont allows his tenor heritage to shine through in the lighter and higher lying passages. It is unusual and utterly convincing.

Orchestra and chorus are excellent and the quality of the recording in faultless. © 2019 Lark Reviews Read complete review





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