Becoming Traviata (2013)
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Critic Reviews for Becoming Traviata
Watching Dessay work as a real human being and not a glittering vocal princess is a fascinating treat.
The movie is most enjoyable as a simple record of the performers, allowing one to eavesdrop on soprano Natalie Dessay and tenor Charles Castronovo as opera director Jean-Francois Sivadier coaches them through some of the libretto's more layered moments.
You can follow the story even if you're unfamiliar with the opera - though a five-minute brush-up on the plot wouldn't hurt.
Zeroing in on the art of rehearsal, "Becoming Traviata" is an exquisitely observed look at performance and the creative process.
Audience Reviews for Becoming Traviata
This attempt to give an "insider's" view of a French production of "La Traviata" does not succeed. We see bits and pieces and listen to a lot of conversation about a pecurliarly conceived version of the Verdi classic starring Natalie Dessay, who we were lucky to see perform the role in Santa Fe. No actual footage of a performance is included in this mish mash of a documentary. When placed alongside the far superior "Wagner and Me" conceived by Stephen Fry, this film pales dreadfully!
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