Monday, 14 January 2008

ROH review: La traviata at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden with Anna Netrebko, Dmitri Hvorostovsky and Jonas Kaufmann.

A review of the first night, featuring Anna Netrebko, Jonas Kaufmann (left) and Dmitri Hvorostovsky conducted by Maurizio Benini at Covent Garden, can be read here:


Sapal Tachakra said...

After the first night, I listened to Angela Gheorghiu/Frank Lopardo/Leo Nucci on the Decca recording. Anna Netrebko is a superstar in spite of occassionally sounding harsh (so did Callas). I wondered at her audacity, commitment and sparkle. The contrasting demands of "Ah forse lui che s'anima" and "Sempre libera" illustrate her capabilities. In the last act, she managed to strike the right blend of wistfulness, regret, bitterness and acceptance when singing "Gran Dio morir si giovanni.."
Gheorghiu, who I admire greatly, sounds constipated in comparision.

Dominic McHugh said...

I agree on the whole; I admired Gheorghiu's Violetta when I saw her in about 1996, and Solti was a much better partner for her than Benini is to Netrebko, but I found the latter's role assumption utterly compelling.