Verdi's 'La Traviata' from Los Angeles Opera

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Saturday, August 22, 2015

The disgraced Violetta faints in La Traviata (Sinfini Music)

Join us Saturday at 1 pm as our weekly opera broadcasts turn to the West Coast: We hear Los Angeles Opera's 2014 performance of La Traviata in the Art Deco-inspired production by director and soprano Marta Domingo.

Georgian coloratura soprano Nino Machaidze is Violetta, with Mexican tenor Arturo Chacón-Cruz as her Alfredo. Company director (and Marta Domingo's husband) Plácido Domingo returns in one of his newest signature roles, as a father determined to do the right thing. James Conlon conducts.


Violetta Valéry: Nino Machaidze
Alfredo Germont: Arturo Chacón-Cruz
Giorgio Germont: Plácido Domingo
Baron Douphol: Daniel Mobbs
Gastone de Letorieres: Brenton Ryan
Marquis d'Obigny: Daniel Armstrong
Doctor Grenvil: Soloman Howard
Flora Bervoix: Peabody Southwell
Annina Vanessa Becerra

Opera Strip:

Supplement the radio broadcast of our Saturday at the Opera this week with a graphic comic strip of La Traviata provided courtesy of Sinfini Music, our friends in the UK.  Click to see the full opera strip on the Sinfini Music website.


Comments [5]

Concetta Nardone from Nassau

I feel sorry for any baritone who sings the role of Papa Germont. The most "fesso" baritone can sing this role. My father's quote. Yes, this and Escamillio, the toreador who throws the bull.
Fesso means really stupid. it loses something in the translation.

Aug. 23 2015 07:14 AM
Concetta Nardone from Nassau

Some years ago, a review of a new production of Traviata at the met received this remark. Second act looked like the Bronx Botanical Garden. The set designer was Cecil Beaton I believe.

Aug. 23 2015 07:03 AM
Kenneth Bennett Lane, Lake Hiawatha, NJ from Richard Wagner Music Drama Innstitute, Boonton, NJ

Sad to say but this performance outside of James Conlon's conducting is sub-average.
Domingo's Germont is a light voiced, not baritonal personage that we associate with the role.
Domingo should stick to his conducting and work on his tenor voice to gain back its ping, rjng and its other distinctive attributes. Many singers with re-training have had a successful second vocal life to their careers.
Domingo is wise enough to recognize that his reversal to baritone roles is not competitive to good baritones.
Jerome Hines with whom I have performed leading tenor roles advised me that my voice category, Wagnerian heldentenor, if properly used can last til the end of one's life if they remain healthy. Lighter voices than basses and heldentenors decline measurably after age 50.

Aug. 22 2015 03:14 PM
Concetta Nardone from Nassau

I am so sick of this heart of gold and the damn gypsies.

Aug. 22 2015 02:29 PM
Ellen L from West Chester, PA

It is painfully apparent that Domingo has reached, and gone past, his best before date. This is actually painful to hear.

Aug. 22 2015 02:02 PM

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