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Derek Greten-Harrison
Opera News, March 2013

VERDI, G.: Traviata (La) (Opera Australia, 2012) OPOZ56031CD
VERDI, G.: Traviata (La) (Opera Australia, 2012) (NTSC) OPOZ56029DVD
VERDI, G.: Traviata (La) (Opera Australia, 2012) (Blu-ray, HD) OPOZ56030BD

…Opera Australia’s extravagant new production of La Traviata proves quite an entertaining experience on DVD [also available on CD and Blu-ray].

Much of the show’s success is due to the superb Violetta of soprano Emma Matthews, an adept performer who has it all—an engaging stage presence, interpretive depth and a lovely, expressive voice with high E-flats to burn.

…conductor Brian Castles-Onion and the orchestra give a taut, satisfying reading of Verdi’s score…Opera Australia’s DVD presentation of the event could hardly be bettered, with strong camerawork and detailed, well-balanced sound. © 2013 Opera News Read complete review

Lawrence Devoe, November 2012

Soprano Matthews has true star quality and, like the chandelier, is the centerpiece of this production. …The elder Germont is solidly handled by veteran baritone Jonathan Summers whose slightly raspy voice is age appropriate…Conductor Castles-Onion…keeps things moving right along and given the distance between singers and orchestra manages a well-coordinated production. A doff of the cap to the sound and video engineers who deliver a very attractive product.

This is beautiful watch in every aspect. The backdrop of Sydney, the amazing chandelier, the creative staging, it is all breathtaking and quite different from anything that I have ever seen. When you see Emma Matthews carried away in the chandelier and singing her brains out, it just brings everyone to their feet. Costumes are 1950-60 modish and quite attractive. Camera angles are in frequent motion drawing viewers into the action. Colors and details are most attractive.I was truly stunned by the sonic balance given the performance venue.

Emma Matthews may not be as well known as her rival Violettas but she brings terrific personality to the role…and has vocalism galore. This Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour production…for its innovative staging, the incredible backdrop of Sydney at night, great costumes and that splendiferous chandelier, it really deserves to be seen…and heard. © 2012 Read complete review

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