Within only a few years, Anna Netrebko has become one of the most acclaimed performers of our time, whose popularity transcends by far the boundaries of classical music. With her CDs garnering phenomenal sales and her stage appearances causing worldwide box-office stampedes, Anna Netrebko is on her way to becoming the new diva assoluta.
This recording of Verdi‘s La Traviata from the 2005 Salzburg Festival – the uncontested and hopelessly sold-out highlight of the festival season – captures the triumphal performance not only of Anna Netrebko as Violetta Valéry, but also of Rolando Villazón as her lover Alfredo. The glamorous Russian soprano and the heartthrob Mexican tenor have become the new dream team of the opera world. The international press was unanimous in praising the singers‘ phenomenal range, heavenly timbre, musical finesse and powerful, charismatic stage presence. Portraying Alfredo‘s father is one of the leading baritones of our time, Thomas Hampson.
Willy Decker‘s stark, elegantly stylish stage production makes Anna Netrebko the center of attention at all times. The sets and costumes are by Wolfgang Gussmann. La Traviata is conducted by Carlo Rizzi and performed by the world-renowned Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra.