M1500 .V484 T73 2001 DVD
Opera in 3 acts. Music by Giuseppe Verdi. Libretto by Francesco Maria Peave.
In 1976, In Performance at Wolf Trap presented Beverly Sills in one of her most celebrated portrayals, that of Violetta in Verdi's La Traviata. Just months earlier, Sills had performed the role at the Metropolitan Opera to great acclaim. Harriet Johnson of the New York Post reported that Sills was "in top form and singing with plentitude and warmth...the range of color was worth its weight in nuance." And the esteemed critic Leighton Kerner observed, "Sills was once again the great singing actress...of all the nearly 200 Traviatas I've heard, not one until this brought tears."
Cast: Beverly Sills (Violetta), Henry Price (Alfredo), Richard Fredricks (Giorgio Germont), supporting soloists ; Filene Center Orchestra and Chorus ; Julius Rudel, conductor.
Recorded 1976, at the Filene Center Auditorium in Wolf Trap Farm Park for the Performing Arts, Vienna, Va.
Sung in Italian, with English subtitles.
Distributed by Video Artists International (www.vaimusic.com).