The lure of love

GtraviataThe neat thing Verdi does in La traviata‘s Act I is Alfredo and Violetta’s duet (with extension) Un di, felice, eterea +E strano…folie! It’s a truly great musical illustration of trying to resist falling in love – and failing. I like how contrasting the musical lines are at first – Alfredo romantic, sincere, Violetta hiding behind sarcasm and fake cheerfulness. Later on she pretends she’s still the same old party girl but as soon as she hears Alfredo’s love tune she falters. She tries to keep her distance via strident coloratura but Sempre libera is already related to Alfredo’s music. Love has seeped in. Poor Violetta…

Michael Fabiano and Venera Gimadieva do a good job at conveying all that in Glyndebourne’s new production. I’d have liked a warmer Violetta acting-wise but vocally Gimadieva is very assured. Fabiano’s Alfredo looks like a git and vocally he could’ve been more agile and more italianate but he ain’t that bad, in fact his tone is pleasant.

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Posted on August 11, 2014, in frequented opera venues, glyndebourne and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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