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Anna Netrebko makes triumphant return to La traviata at La Scala / Bachtrack

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One superstar soprano can be all it takes to transform the fortunes of an opera production. Anna Netrebko had not performed La traviata since her much-acclaimed appearance in Sir Richard Eyre's staging for the Royal Opera in 2008. Now she was back as Violetta, in La Scala's revival of Liliana Cavani's sumptuous but moth-eaten 1990 production.

Netrebko's Violetta is now fuller in body and voice than in her former incarnation. Goodbye to the fresh-faced damsel of Willy Decker's 2005 Salzburg production; hello to a larger-than-life courtesan in her twilight years, after too many years of hedonism have caught up with her. Netrebko is too intelligent an artist to have attempted to bend her musical personality to meet our common expectations of the role. Instead, she appropriates Violetta's music for her own artistic means, and transforms the way we conceive of one of opera's most familiar characters.     © Marco Brescia & Rudy Amisano | Teatro alla Scala

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