For many La Traviata is no. 1. In this famous Zeffirelli film, we see why. It is sumptuous, deeply tragic, and stars the best singers of the age. That combination makes this one of the celebrated of operas on screen, reinforced by the vibrant credibility of a love affair between the young Placido Domingo and his Violetta, Teresa Stratas.
Here is the New York Times’ review :
"It never has the manner of something scaled down or souped up for a mass audience, though I suspect it will be immensely popular anyway. Verdi's genius will out, especially when presented with the talent, intelligence and style that have gone into this production . . . Miss Stratas not only sings magnificently but she also looks the role . . . [she] is a screen presence as riveting to watch as to listen to. It's an acting performance of breath-taking intensity . . . La Traviata benefits from Mr. Zeffirelli's talents as a designer as much as from his gifts as a director. The physical production is lush without being fussy. Nor is it ever overwhelming. This possibly is because at key moments we are always aware of details that, however realistic, remind us that what we are witnessing is not life but a grand theatrical experience. It's not to be missed."
Tickets are £80 and include wine, canapes, bowl food and an introduction from Michael Chance and a special guest who will give us a personal insight in to this piece.
Fastest finger first! The first screening sold out overnight.
- Venue — Soho Hotel - 4 Richmond Mews, London, W1D 3DH