An Exciting Performance
Verdi's 'La Traviata' -
'... result of admirable cooperation between the Zürich stage and pit.'
Some censors are more senseless than others. The Venetian officials who insisted Verdi's 1853 opera
on a strictly contemporary subject should be staged in the Paris of 1700 must have been historical
ignoramuses. The 'Fallen Women' of that era were in positions of mastery, and the most prostrate of
them all, such as Mme De Montespan or Mme De Maintenon, were the virtual rulers of France. The idea of
passing out from consumption at the age of 23 was inconceivable. In the end Verdi protested only there
must be no wigs.
Thomas Hampson (Giorgio Germont, right) and Piotr Beczala (Alfredo Germont) at the bedside of Eva Mei (Violetta Valéry) in Act 3 of 'La Traviata'. DVD screenshot © 2005 Zurich Opera House
Copyright © 31 May 2006
Robert Anderson, London UK