|'La Traviata' opens at La Scala|
|So near and yet so far...|
|High security and lots of TV.|
|Here's Miss Damrau on Rai5, the television station that kindly did a live broadcast for the rest of us..|
|A very realistic death.|
Here's the link to La Scala's site if you'd like to check it out for yourself - I expect the ticket prices are a great deal more reasonable now.
Here's the NYT review which is balanced and sensible:
When Alfredo, bearing flowers and a gift, arrives at the dying Violetta’s bedroom for a reunion with his lover, he doesn’t immediately rush into her arms. Rather, he pauses timidly — he is slightly fearful of how he will be received. That is one of the many details that lift Dmitri Tcherniakov’s captivating staging of “La Traviata,” which on Saturday initiated a new season at Teatro alla Scala before an audience that included Italy’s president, Giorgio Napolitano, and other representatives of the country’s elite....As cutting-edge theater goes, Mr. Tcherniakov’s staging is relatively mild. His work has often been more controversial. But this did not stop La Scala’s notorious “loggionisti,” inhabitants of the upper galleries, from voicing their displeasure at the final curtain.Read this entertaining blog post for a review of the night, and lots of good stills of the performance.
Then listen to this excerpt and judge for yourself!