Alfredo.....................Juan Diego Flórez
Hostess .................Anita Rachvelishvili
We were treated to the new production by Michael Mayer of Verdi's La Traviata live in HD from the Met. I could not find a picture that looked just like the single set production. The actual set had the piano upstage right instead of downstage left as shown here. Throughout the opera Violetta's bed was downstage center. It was simply integrated into the staging. A dance in Act I successfully used this bed.
This versatile set looked remarkably different in each scene. The busyness of the design, elaborate deco figures and costumes, was successfully offset by dressing Violetta in white, Alfredo in a dark military uniform and Germont in a brown suit. They each easily stood out from the background. Another unusual feature of the production was the appearance of Alfredo's sister in a mime role. I am counting this as a successful production.
There seemed to be unusual unanimity of purpose here. Much complaining appeared concerning Juan Diego's light voice, but my impression was that he fit impressively into the overall concept. From beginning to end Violetta is a woman with a very serious disease who is dying. We see this emphasized first through her lying on her death bed during the prelude. Diana in particular played and sang her fragility. This was a particularly beautiful performance which stayed close to the story.
Juan Diego's role was more varied, but was also acted extremely well. And Quinn Kelsey has followed his line of great Verdi successes with a beautiful Germont performance.
This series is the debut of Yannick Nézet-Séguin in his new role as music director. Welcome, Yannick. Singers love him. We were shown in intermission a coaching session between Yannick and Diana, who said he was like a brother to her. They were together in this beautiful, delicate concept of La Traviata.