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La Traviata, but not as you know it. Traviata, vous méritez un avenir meilleur is a filmed performance from the Théâtre de Bouffes du Nord of a reworking of Verdi’s great opera by director Benjamin Lazar, arranger and musical director Florent Hubert and actress Judith Chelma, who plays Violetta. Or, should I say, is Violetta – she inhabits the role with almost unbearable intensity, fades away before our eyes, and sings in a not inconsiderable albeit slender soprano (she was trained as a singer). The music is a blend of Verdi and a series of impressionistic sounds and effects, sight and sound are quite hallucinatory, the camerawork fluid and filmed from within the action. It is intense, but there are moments of humour – the hilarious médecin has a good go at upstaging everyone. I highly recommend the film and found it completely immersive, but perhaps watch a trailer before you commit: it could be a case of love or hate.

Francis Muzzu Read the full review on Agora Classica

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