Welcome to the White Shirt live comment thread for Verdi’s “La Traviata” from Rennes (2013), staged by Jean-Romain Vesperini and under the baton of Antony Hermus.
The cast features:
Myrtò Papatanasiu – Violetta Valéry
Sophie Pondjiclis – Flora Bervoix
Karine Audebert – Annina
Leonardo Caimi – Alfredo Germont
Marzio Giossi – Giorgio Germont
Marlon Soufflet – Gastone
Jean-Vincent Blot – Barone Douphol
Thomas Roullon – Marchese d’Orbigny
Bernard Deletr – Dottor Grenvil
This production is not readily available online at the moment, but I hope that the announcement has served to fit everyone with a version of the lost YT copy.
Since “Traviata” is likely THE most popular opera of mainstay repertory, have your pick of libretto uploads – there is Italian, English and German here (single choice, web-based), an Italian only pdf here, and English-Italian side-by-side here.
Since it warrants repeating this week: a word of warning. This is a very straight opera (although, you know, if you squinted at Flora the right way, and also, Annina…) There is plenty of male gazing, and inappropriate handling of a female character. And this week, I fear will will not have Py and Petibon to level some open critic at gender roles. But let’s see what Vesperini, Hermus and Papatanasiu have come up with, and remember to keep liquor and tissues at the ready.