Met Opera on Demand Catalog
(Apr. 14, 2012)
Composer: Giuseppe Verdi
Librettist: Francesco Maria Piave
Luisi; Dessay, Polenzani, Hvorostovsky
Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Chorus and Ballet
Approximate running time: 2 hrs. 16 min.
Willy Decker’s stunning production of Verdi’s unforgettable drama stars the riveting singing actress Natalie Dessay as Violetta. Exhausted by her restless life as a courtesan, Violetta knows she will die soon. But then she meets the young and idealistic Alfredo (Matthew Polenzani), who offers her true love—with tragic consequences. Dmitri Hvorostovsky is Giorgio Germont, Alfredo’s stern father, and Met Principal Conductor Fabio Luisi is on the podium.