If you’re an opera fan, you might really get a kick out of documentary “Becoming Traviata.” The trailer for the film has been released, and from what I can tell about the documentary, it seems like it’ll give fans an up-close look at what it takes to put on a magnificent performance of one of Verdi’s great works. Check it out below the post!
“Becoming Traviata,” distributed by Distrib Films, is directed by Philippe Béziat and stars Natalie Dessay, Jean-Francois Sivadier, Louis Langrée. The film will premiere at Film Forum in New York May 15 and in Los Angeles May 24. Go to Distrib Film’s page on “Becoming Traviata” and the film’s Twitter and Facebook pages to learn more.
“The reinvention of Verdi’s masterpiece, La Traviata, as sung by world-famous French coloratura soprano Natalie Dessay, is the subject of Philippe Béziat’s thrilling new movie. A modern, minimalist, post-punk approach strips away the opulence and grandiosity associated with operatic productions. Concentrating on director Jean-François Sivadier’s working relationship with Dessay, the film reveals how two great creative minds build the story of a doomed love affair. The stars rehearse in what look like yoga outfits, on a bare stage, with minimal props. The final production, set against a backdrop of sky and clouds, punctuated by a single chandelier, features Violetta and Alfredo (a darkly gorgeous Charles Castronovo) as the very essence of hipster-chic. Their passion, however, is for the ages. With music performed by the London Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Louis Langrée.
– written by Karen Cooper, Film Forum”