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Concise and pithy guide to this perennial Verdi favourite. We have a brief overview of Verdi's life, the background to the opera's creation and its critical reception over the years since its less-than-illustrious premiere, an account of the singers heard on the CD, a full libretto in both Italian and English annotated with points to look out for. Plus, of course, the opera itself, complete across two CDs. This particular edition features a beautiful performance of the opera from Beverly Sills a ...more
Jun 26, 2012 LemontreeLime rated it 4 of 5 stars · review of another edition
This was a great series, and this is the only one i kept because... well, it's La Traviata. It's Verdi. It's Violetta singing 'Sempre Libera' and the hairs on your arms going straight up to the ceiling. I almost gave it away... and then my brain kicked in - what ARE you thinking?!? There is Always Always room for Verdi.
Bought this book at The New York City Opera, November 9, 2002 in New York State Theatre Lincoln Center, New York City. Thank God for the touring company that allowed my husband and I to transition into my retirment after 34 looooong years in the classroom. We discovered N.Y.shows and opera and museums and gardens and mansions. It was a dream come true. Thank You, Suzanne, for being so fab!!! Came home and followed the libretto as we listened to the two accompanying CD's. I thought wow, Italian i ...more
Much earlier Verdi, it is much easier to like than Otello. One can enter into this experience expecting lyricism (granted the singers are lyric). The arias for all the main roles are well constructed, but difficult sings. The lyricism eventually ends in tragedy, typical of opera- but a tragedy in opera leaves me moved and wanting to see it again.
Probably the nicest part of this set is the 2-CD presentation of the opera, featuring Beverly Sills and all the arias occasionally cut in live performance. Also, there are biographies of Sills, Verdi, and others along with a synopsis and full, annotated libretto.
Giuseppe Fortunino Francesco Verdi(October 9 or 10, 1813 – January 27, 1901) was an Italian Romantic composer, mainly of opera. He was one of the most influential composers of Italian opera in the 19th century. His works are frequently performed in opera houses throughout the world and, transcending the boundaries of the genre, some of his themes have long since taken root in popular culture - suc ...moreMore about Giuseppe Verdi...