Becoming Traviata Reviews

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October 18, 2013
Becoming Traviata gives a compelling and rare insight into the daily life of the opera industry from the perspective of a filmmaker.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Graydon Royce
Minneapolis Star Tribune
June 27, 2013
Watching Dessay work as a real human being and not a glittering vocal princess is a fascinating treat.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
June 6, 2013
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.
Jamie S. Rich
Oregonian
May 31, 2013
Béziat arranges an interesting mosaic, moving the opera's narrative forward along the same timeline as the ever-evolving, multi-faceted collaboration.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Jeffrey Gantz
Boston Globe
May 30, 2013
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Sheri Linden
Los Angeles Times
May 23, 2013
Zeroing in on the art of rehearsal, "Becoming Traviata" is an exquisitely observed look at performance and the creative process.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Farran Smith Nehme
New York Post
May 17, 2013
Sivadier and Dessay take the familiar and make it tragic once more.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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John DeFore
Hollywood Reporter
May 15, 2013
Doc offers impressive singing and insights into opera's nonmusical dramatic challenges.
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Ronnie Scheib
Variety
May 15, 2013
A treat for fans of opera, the performing arts and documentaries about process.
Craig Seligman
Bloomberg News
May 15, 2013
Dessay's waifishness makes her entirely believable as a woman dying from a lung disease. And the camera adores her. When her voice goes, she could have the career in movies that once seemed to await Maria Callas.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Rachel Saltz
New York Times
May 14, 2013
[It] may not be fully satisfying as a documentary. But it has what any good movie needs: a star - the ever-game soprano Natalie Dessay.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Alan Scherstuhl
Village Voice
May 14, 2013
Time with Dessay is worth treasuring, even when she's not singing.
Kalvin Henely
Slant Magazine
May 13, 2013
It works as a reminder of the important interactiveness of the performing arts, of actors evoking the drama, action, and emotion that computers and machines cannot.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
David Noh
Film Journal International
May 17, 2013
A clumsy and sadly missed opportunity to capture the creation of a great opera role by a great singer.
Avi Offer
NYC Movie Guru
May 15, 2013
Initially engaging, but increasingly tedious and boring. Strictly for opera aficionados.
Full Review | Original Score: 5.9/10
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David Fear
Time Out
May 14, 2013
Those unfamiliar with Verdi's tragedy won't understand why this production was significant, nor see much of the fruits of such hard work ...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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