St. Louis Public Radio will carry the Met Opera broadcast of Verdi’s La Traviata on their HD channel, KWMU-3 beginning at 12 noon. Approximate running time 2 hours, 35 minutes, with intermission at approximately 12:30 p.m.
The Met says:
Natalie Dessay will put on the red dress in Willy Decker’s stunning production, in her first Violetta at the Met. Matthew Polenzani sings Alfredo, Dmitri Hvorostovsky is Germont, and Principal Guest Conductor Fabio Luisi is on the podium.In his April 11, 2012, review in the New York Times, Anthony Tommasini said:
It is pointless to separate singing and acting in a Dessay performance. Every vocal phrase is impelled by the emotion and dramatic intention of the moment. After Alfredo’s courtship Violetta, who is cynical about love, ponders whether it might just be possible to take his ardor seriously.
She brought ethereal sound and a searching character to the soft phrases of “Ah, fors’è lui.” Then, smashing a glass of Champagne against the wall and kicking off her heels, she slapped sense into herself and delivered a defiant “Sempre libera,” declaring that she will never be fettered to anyone, at least romantically.
Her coloratura runs were sometimes inelegant, and her impetuous way with phrases must have been a challenge for Mr. Luisi, who nevertheless managed. Still, here was a woman swept up in her own reckless determination.
The High Definition transmission of La Traviata will be presented at AMC Esquire 7, 6706 Clayton Road; St. Louis Mills 18; 5555 Saint Louis Mills Boulevard; AMC Chesterfield 14, 3000 Chesterfield Mall; O'Fallon 14, 900 Caledonia Drive; and The Hett, McKendree College, 701 College Road, Lebanon, IL. Click here to buy tickets.