I have bought the latest recording by the blessed twins, Anna Netrebko and Rolando Villazon, or at least the highlights part of the live performance of La Traviata from the Wienerstaatsoper.
Rolando is all over the magazines, including the cover stories of Opera Now and Gramophone, where he is constantly being compared to Domingo. Anna is compared to Maria. Can't we just love them for themselves? Anna does not have Maria's edge to her tone, but can this be considered a drawback? She has a very elegant style that is completely suitable to her voice. And Rolando is a lyric tenor. I said this before. Maybe in his forties he can take on heavier repertoire.
This Traviata is very nice, a pleasure to hear. I wish it was a film. In a live performance both of them bring excitement to a role through their acting and star quality. The photos of Anna in the party scene are amazing.
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