La Traviata à Paris

 

2000 - TELDEC

Running time: 120 min.
Artists: José Cura, Eteri Gvazava, Rolando Panerai.
Conductor: Zubin Mehta

Orchestra Sinfonica Nazionale della RAI - Solisti Cantori

Soundtrack of the June 2000 Paris telecast filmed in 4 locations - the Italian Embassy, Le Hameau de la Reine, the Petit Palais and Ile Saint-Louis - over a 2 day period.

José Cura consistently proves why he is considered to be one of the best tenors in the world. His tone is strong and very well-supported, and he plays the character of the unfortunate and impassioned lover, Alfredo, perfectly. His phrasing is very sensitive, but never too indulgent and he draws the listener in with considerable magnetism.
— Audiostreet
José Cura ...reeks of star quality and has, in addition to a good-sized, appealing voice that he can use at varying dynamic levels, a really nice take on the music. He caresses the vocal line in his Act I duet with Violetta, he’s all impetuousness in Act 2, scene 1...his anger and hurt are palpable in the second scene, and his final act is poignant.
— Classics Today