Recorded in July 2003 at the Aix-en-Provence Festival, a Traviata like no other, directed by Peter Mussbach and starring Mireille Delunsch as Violetta.
When La Traviata was premiered in 1853 at La Fenice in Venice, the work first encountered the incomprehension of the audience, shocked by this opera which turns a courtesan into a tragic heroin. Inspired by Alexandre Dumas's La Dame aux camélias, La Traviata has yet become one of Verdi's most beloved operas. Its overture, choruses and arias are among the best-known pieces of the classical music repertoire.
The story of La Traviata gathers two people, Violetta – a famed courtesan suffering from phtisis – and Alfredo, a young nobleman. They fall in love at first sight, but Giorgio Germont, Alfredo's father, stands against the young people's feelings. He forces Violetta to break up with his son. Alfredo ends up learning the cause of his rupture with Violetta, but when he understands that his father is responsible for his sorrow, it is too late; he goes find Violetta who dies in his arms.
Peter Mussbach's staging, enhanced by Anna Henkel-Donnersmark and Stefan Runge's video creations, features a lot of references to cinema. The most obvious of these references is Violetta (Mireille Delunsch)'s look, inspired by Marilyn Monroe. The dreamlike atmosphere of this production, caused by the fluorescent lights and the special effects, allows Mussbach to reinterpretate the first two acts of La Traviata as a long flash-back, and to foreshadow the unavoidable death of Violetta from the very beginning of the opera...
Picture: © Elizabeth Carecchio
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