Saturday 30 March 2013 at 16.30 GMT on BBC radio 3
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Verdi’s La Traviata live from the Metropolitan Opera, New York
photocredit: Ken Howard/Met Opera
This week’s live broadcast from The Metropolitan Opera is Verdi’s La Traviata.
Soprano Diana Damrau tackles Verdi’s eternal heroine in a role debut. Plácido Domingo expands his repertoire to sing the baritone role of Germont, Violetta’s tormentor. Tenor Saimir Pirgu sings Alfredo, her naïve lover. Yannick Nézet-Séguin conducts. Willy Decker’s production had its Met premiere on New Year’s Eve 2010 with Marina Poplavskaya as Violetta.
The courtesan Violetta decides to put her party days behind when she meets Alfredo and settle down with him. But Alfredo’s father begs her to leave him for the sake of his family name, and she agrees to sacrifice her love. By the time Alfredo discovers the truth behind her departure and hurries back to her, tuberculosis has set in, and it’s too late.
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Presented by Margaret Juntwait with guest commentator Ira Siff.
Violetta Valery …..Diana Damrau (soprano)
Alfredo Germont…..Saimir Pirgu (tenor)
Giorgio Germont …..Placido Domingo (baritone)
Flora Bervoix …..Patricia Risley (mezzo-soprano)
Annina…..Maria Zifchak (soprano)
Gastone…..Scott Scully (tenor)
Barone Douphol…..Jason Stearns (baritone)
Marchese d’Obigny…..Kyle Pfortmiller (bass)
Dottore Grenvil…..James Courtney (bass)
Giuseppe…..Juhwan Lee (tenor)
Flora’s servant…..Seth Malkin (bass)
Messenger…..Joseph Turi (bass)
A Gentleman…..Paul Corona (bass)
Chorus and Orchestra of The Metropolitan Opera, New York
Yannick Nezet-Seguin, conductor.
Duration 3 hours
Review from the New York Times
A Met interview with Diana Damrau