Dear Ladies, I am back from Vienna. I attended the second Traviata, on 23th November.
I hope the transmission will work on 29th and you all can see it, so just a few words. It is a very good performance in regard of singing and orchestra. I saw the same production back in 2015, I did not like the director's ideas then, and did not like it now
. You'll see. But singing
...Marina Rebeka has improved her Violetta a lot since 2015, and Charles Castronovo is an ideal Alfredo. And the crown jewel: DH's Papa Germont
. A new Papa, not the icy cold aristocratic manipulative figure of the Met . Now he is more earth-bound, he has feelings, he is convinced that he does what is best for his family. Now in the final scene I could believe his remorse (in most Traviata perfromances, this is impossible to believe).
His voice. Big, strong, powerful, warm, shining, full of colour, full of feeling, rich, tender, magically expressive... words are so clumsy. His voice goes straight to the heart and there is no proper language there.
In moving around the stage, he was reserved, no sudden movements - it suited well Giorgio Germont's figure (I cannot tell if there was more behind it than acting ...)
It was full house and a huge success, he got the biggest applause and countless bravos. He smiled like the sun, showed "V" with his fingers. At the stage door, he was in good mood, laughed loudly, was extremely nice and kind and friendly to everybody
(I am sorry, as usual I could not make videos. I tried to make photos but the camera of my phone works catastrophic in stage lights. You know I am hopeless with this, I apologise).