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      Becoming Traviata

      Released May 15, 2013 1h 53m Documentary Music List
      81% Tomatometer 16 Reviews 68% Audience Score 100+ Ratings French coloratura soprano Natalie Dessay and director Jean-Francois Sivadier reinvent the masterpiece "La Traviata," written by Italian composer Giuseppe Verdi. Read More Read Less Watch on Fandango at Home Buy Now

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      Graydon Royce Minneapolis Star Tribune Watching Dessay work as a real human being and not a glittering vocal princess is a fascinating treat. Rated: 2.5/4 Jun 27, 2013 Full Review J. R. Jones Chicago Reader The movie is most enjoyable as a simple record of the performers, allowing one to eavesdrop on soprano Natalie Dessay and tenor Charles Castronovo as opera director Jean-Francois Sivadier coaches them through some of the libretto's more layered moments. Jun 6, 2013 Full Review Jeffrey Gantz Boston Globe You can follow the story even if you're unfamiliar with the opera - though a five-minute brush-up on the plot wouldn't hurt. Rated: 3/4 May 30, 2013 Full Review Lisa Giles-Keddie HeyUGuys Becoming Traviata gives a compelling and rare insight into the daily life of the opera industry from the perspective of a filmmaker. Rated: 3/5 Oct 18, 2013 Full Review Jamie S. Rich Oregonian Bziat arranges an interesting mosaic, moving the opera's narrative forward along the same timeline as the ever-evolving, multi-faceted collaboration. Rated: 3/5 May 31, 2013 Full Review David Noh Film Journal International A clumsy and sadly missed opportunity to capture the creation of a great opera role by a great singer. May 17, 2013 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Audience Member Becoming Traviata is certainly one of the most riveting and imaginative ways in which documentary has ever presented the creative process of opera productions and the passion and talent of each individual involved in it. Filmmaker Béziat employs a fly-on-the-wall approach in following the preparations of a staging of Giuseppe Verdi's masterwork La Traviata at the Aix-en-Provence Festival in France. He particularly focuses on celebrated opera singer Natalie Dessay as she prepares to take on the leading role of Violetta. Her presence is powerful and magnetic, yet it is far from being the conventional representation of the 'diva' opera singer. In fact, Becoming Traviata offers a revelation of the world of opera that is far from the snobbery and pretentiousness that it is sometimes identified with. It is rather presented as a disciplined and sometimes demanding yet joyful and exciting expression of artistic freedom and, in this case, the re-interpretation and modernisation of the mise-en-scene of one of the most recognised and praised works in the history of classical music. Admittedly, the film opens to a riveting crescendo and reaches an enthusiastic height in its beginning that it sometimes struggles to match as it progresses. Nevertheless, the structure of the film that unfolds with and remains faithful to the emotional charge and intensity of the opera work makes it entertaining throughout as we get to follow the parallel physical and emotional developments of both the behind the scene machinations and the Italian composer's original vision. And (is there any need to say it) the music itself is sublime! Rated 4 out of 5 stars 01/24/23 Full Review Audience Member This attempt to give an "insider's" view of a French production of "La Traviata" does not succeed. We see bits and pieces and listen to a lot of conversation about a pecurliarly conceived version of the Verdi classic starring Natalie Dessay, who we were lucky to see perform the role in Santa Fe. No actual footage of a performance is included in this mish mash of a documentary. When placed alongside the far superior "Wagner and Me" conceived by Stephen Fry, this film pales dreadfully! Rated 2 out of 5 stars 02/24/23 Full Review Audience Member It's tried more and more, bringing the monument out of opera and concentrating on details. And directing it with the same demands on the singers as on talking actors. Perhaps the really big voices are losing that battle to voices who are only almost big, but with a narrating character. In this documentary by Philippe Béziat, we follow Jean-Francois Sivadier rehearsing La Traviata with Nathalie Dessay. He's kind, she's kind, it's a production there loud voices are never heard during instructions. You understand Dessay has been both an actress and a dancer, so she finds her expressions very quickly. What's happening is that you are more touched by seeing these rehearsal works, than you've been by most Traviata performances you've watched. You get an intimate Verdi. And are suprised by how well it suits him Rated 4 out of 5 stars 02/22/23 Full Review Audience Member Loved it!! Great behind the scenes look at what goes in to a production of my favorite opera!! Rated 5 out of 5 stars 02/09/23 Full Review Audience Member Went to an advanced screening. was terrific. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 01/12/23 Full Review Read all reviews Post a rating

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      Movie Info

      Synopsis French coloratura soprano Natalie Dessay and director Jean-Francois Sivadier reinvent the masterpiece "La Traviata," written by Italian composer Giuseppe Verdi.
      Philippe Béziat
      Philippe Martin
      Distrib Films
      Production Co
      Les Films Pelléas
      Documentary, Music
      Original Language
      French (France)
      Release Date (Theaters)
      May 15, 2013, Limited
      Release Date (Streaming)
      May 12, 2014
      Box Office (Gross USA)
      1h 53m
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