Naxos has released a DVD recording of Verdi’s La Traviata, with an all-star cast featuring Marina Rebeka as Violetta Valéry, Francesco Demuro as Alfredo Germont and Thomas Hampson as his father, Giorgio Germont. Canadian conductor Keri-Lynn Wilson is at the podium, leading the NDR Radiophilharmonie.


Giorgio Germont, a role he debuted in 2015 at the Salzburg Festival, is now part of Mr. Hampson’s signature roles. He has portrayed it in some of the world’s most notorious opera houses, the Metropolitan Opera among them, where he received fantastic reviews when he last sung it on February of 2017. Operawire wrote, “[Mr. Hampson’s] “Di Provenza il mar, il suol” featured thoughtful phrasing, Hampson’s first section gentle and flowing. As the opening section reached its emotional climax on “Dio mi guido,” the warmth and bright revealed the fatherly love buried inside this regal man.”

This DVD was released on July 14, now available via NAXOSdirekt.

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