Episode #16

La Traviata: Verdi's Timeless Fallen Woman

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Tuesday, March 07, 2017

Thomas Hampson, baritone. (Kristine Hoebermann)

On this week's episode of He Sang/She Sang, hosts Merrin Lazyan and Julian Fleisher are joined by dramaturg Cori Ellison to discuss Verdi's mythical and timeless masterpiece, La Traviata. We also speak with baritone Thomas Hampson, who has been singing the role of Germont for 25 years. Hampson tells us how the complex and beautiful dilemmas that we find in this opera help us to better understand who we really are. 

Cori's YouTube pick (Maria Callas and Ugo Savarese, 1953):  

Merrin's YouTube pick (Anna Netrebko and Rolando Villazón, 2005): 

Julian's YouTube picks (Joni Mitchell): 

 This episode features excerpts from the following albums:

Giuseppe Verdi: La Traviata (Deutsche Grammophon, 1992)
— Cheryl Studer, soprano; Luciano Pavarotti, tenor; Metropolitan Opera Orchestra conducted by James Levine

Verdi: La Traviata (Deutsche Grammophon, 2005)
— Thomas Hampson; baritone; Vienna Philharmonic conducted by Carlo Rizzi

Comments [2]

Reid Condit from San Francisco

I think these in-depth discussions are quite useful and contribute to the liveliness of a form in performance that is not so dead after all. Keep 'em coming.

Mar. 12 2017 09:08 PM
John from New York

Nice discussion. I was impressed with Thomas Hampson. Really articulate.

I was curious about the recording on the show and which versions of Traviata were played throughout. It seemed to shift around a bit. It might be good to have some information about that.

Mar. 07 2017 08:39 PM

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