• La Traviata: They were Violetta - the 1990s



    Cheryl Studer

    During those years, opera CDs are gradually dying and giving birth to opera in DVD. Previously, of course, there was also opera recorded in VHS or Betamax, but it was always far of the penetration reached by the DVD format. Studer's CD recording with Pavarotti and Pons, was one of the last. Ms. Studer is an underrated Violetta. Her voice was warm and flexible, and her first act is perhaps not the best, but it's far from the worst. However, the best part starts in her second scene of Act 2, (the first is missing drama, though not by any fault of the soprano), and above all in the finale, with an elegant, simple, but eloquent singing.

    Libiamo - Studer with Luciano Pavarotti, 1991

    Addio del passato - Studer, 1991

    Parigi, o cara - Studer with Luciano Pavarotti, 1991



    Kiri Te Kanawa

    Dame Kiri recorded the role in 1993, with no other than the legendary Alfredo Kraus. However, by that date both singers were more legend, than current value. Ms. Te Kanawa's temper was never suited to sing Violetta, and she just go along with the leaden conducting trying to hit the notes, and reach the end of the opera. There is a small ray of light in a nicely phrased "Addio del passato", but it's too little, too late.

    Folie! Sempre libera - Kanawa, 1986

    Amami, Alfredo - Kanawa with Alfredo Kraus, 1993

    Addio del passato - Kanawa, 1993




    Mariella Devia

    Perhaps the best singer of her generation, Devia (still in singing form, and with great success) is most closely associated to bel canto roles, where she has given us some marvels like her Lucia or her Elvira or her Amenaide. However, she is also a very good Violetta. Because of the limitations of her instrument, and a lack of full adecuation to Verdi's dramatic requirements, not a great Violetta. But with Ms. Devia you know she will always give you back something for your money. She has never sang a bad performance.

    Sempre Libera - Devia, 1999

    Addio del passato - Devia, 1989

    Parigi o Cara - Devia with Giuseppe Filianoti, 2006




    Angela Gheorghiu


    Not yet thirty, Ms. Gheorghiu was able to sing a superb Violetta at Covent Garden, in 1994. The magic about those London performances was the sheer intensity with which the young courtesan was portrayed by the young singer. Of course, Ms. Gheorghiu's voice was (is) lovely, and her looks were just about ideal for the role, but the way she was able to dye Violetta's words with tragic pain was one for the ages. Regrettably, and strangely enough, as usually the singers are able to understand better the role when they get older, she has never been able to sing again with this passion, with this commitment... Well, We'll Always Have London.

    Un di felice - Gheorghiu with Frank Lopardo, 1994

    E'strano! - Gheorghiu, 1994

    Amami Alfredo - Gheorghiu with Jonas Kaufmann, 2006

    Addio del passato - Gheorghiu, 1994


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