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May 30, 2014 6:31 pm

Becoming Traviata – DVD review

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Becoming Traviata - DVD cover

Philippe Béziat, 2012

Axiom Films

One of the great documents of opera production – a fly-on-the-wall study of how director Jean-François Sivadier and soprano Natalie Dessay delved into Verdi’s La traviata for the 2011 Aix-en-Provence festival. You’ll enjoy it more if you already know the opera, but Becoming Traviata is a film for anyone who wants to understand the process of developing a new interpretation of a familiar classic. Béziat lays bare the nuts and bolts of rehearsal while somehow enhancing the mysteries of artistic creation and revealing the wonders of opera.


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