Angela Gheorghiu is acknowledged as one of the world's leading sopranos, and received critical acclaim for this performance of La Traviata. But inspite of the wonderful production and the marvellous musical direction of Georg Solti this version of Verdi's masterpiece has failed to win me over.
I am not a fan of Ms.Gheorghiu. Her fast vibrato and small range of vocal colouring, not to mention her less than perfect coloratura (which is needed for this role) make her one of my least favourite Violettas - in spite of her acting ability and fabulous stage presence and stunning looks. Add the baritonal tenor of Frank Loppardo and you have the Perfect (Mis)Match.
Give me Stratas/Domingo any day (such a beautiful Zeffirelli production). Or the wonderful Anna Moffo for understated tragedy.
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