July 4, 2013

Old and fat

After the first performance of the opera on 6 March 1853 at the Le Fenice opera house in Venice, its composer Verdi in his letter to his friend Muzio wrote: “La Traviata last night was a failure. Was the fault mine or the singers’? Time will tell.” It is said that the audience found the 38 years old soprano Fanny Salvini-Donatelli in her role of Violetta both too old and too overweight.☺

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If the first method to decrease the amount of error is to have someone with you who is experienced in this issue, the second oneis to be able to look at your company from outside and learn to act according to what you see. Even if you made a mistake once, it is possible to correct it most of the time.

Verdi corrected his mistake, too. After some revisions, mostly affecting acts 2 and 3, the opera was performed again in Venice in 1854, this time at the Teatro San Benedetto. This performance was a big success, also due to Maria Spezia-Aldigheri’s portrayal of Violetta.

If you would like to listen to Violetta as performed by the soprano Anna Netrebko together with the tenor Andrea Bocelli, please click here.

The oldie of the week: Bee Gees – I’ve Gotta Get A Message To You (1968)

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