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La traviata: Lightning fails to strike twice in ENO revival of Konwitschny’s production

Verdi: La traviata *** English National Opera, 9th February 2015 “È strano!” – “How curious!” – murmurs Violetta in the last moments of La traviata, on the sudden absence of pain before her final death throes. Two years ago, when this … Continue reading

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Glyndebourne’s La traviata on tour: or What the Maid Saw

Verdi: La traviata ** Glyndebourne on Tour, Woking, 1st November 2014 Verdi never met Marie Duplessis, for she died five months before the composer’s first visit to Paris, but he was deeply touched by her fate, to be related through … Continue reading

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It’s curtains for Violetta: Corinne Winters triumphs in Konwitschny’s stripped-down Traviata

Verdi: La traviata ***** English National Opera, 2nd February 2013 Red curtains peel apart tentatively to reveal a chair… and another set of red curtains. And that, in essence (save for a stack of books) is it for the set … Continue reading

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A whiff of greasepaint: Verdi crackling with theatricality from Chailly at La Scala

Viva Verdi! Filarmonica della Scala/ Riccardo Chailly (Decca 478 3559) Riccardo Chailly conducts Verdi at La Scala all too infrequently. In the past decade, there has been a 2006 Rigoletto, followed by the Franco Zeffirelli production of Aida, where Roberto … Continue reading

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