Verdi Box-Set


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La Traviata“, “Aida“, “Macbeth” : three masterpieces by Giuseppe Verdi in an exclusive 5 DVD box-set (limited edition).

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Giuseppe Verdi Box-Set

Three masterpieces by Verdi in a limited edition box set: internationnaly acclaimed productions from Aix Festival, Zurich Opera House and Paris Opera, by Peter Mussbach (Traviata), Nicolas Joel (Aida) and Dmitri Tcherniakov (Macbeth). Artists as Mireille Delunsch, Nina Stemme, Salvatore Licitra, Violeta Urmana and world famous conductors as Yutaka Sado, Adam Fischer and Teodor Currentzis.


We all identify “Traviata” with the corrupt, led-astray heroine of Verdi’s opera; with those women whose fatal sensuality incriminated families, threatening the social order, and compromising a morality where desire, with its subversive powers, was to
be eliminated.

However, every myth benefits from a fresh perspective. And from the bedside of a repentant Madeleine, the guilty conscience of the XIXth century’s hypocritical honesty, Peter Mussbach sees this myth differently. He sees it from a closer perspective. Perhaps his very contemporary vision of this past era can shed some
light on our vision of the modern woman.

The only performance from the eventful 2003 Festival d’Aix, this “Traviata” is carried all the way through by a radiant Mireille Delunsch, who, as always, pushes the limits of her art. Appearing in a wedding dress, evoking the sacrificed icon reminiscent of both Marylin and Lady Di, trapped by tragedy, Mireille Delunsch is Violetta.

Filmed by Don Kent, a master in the domain, Peter Mussbach’s brilliant production is one long flashback, which leaves the spectator breathless. A truly remarkable director of actors, Mussbach focuses on the psychology of the opera’s characters, and knows how to get the best out of his singers. For him, “La Traviata” is “written like a film in which the final act is one long twenty five minute shot, where we act as witnesses to Violetta’s agony.”


Responding superbly to the role, Swedish soprano Nina Stemme – she of the richly clear voice – offers an Aida vibrant with love and emotion.

Heading a magnificent cast, she makes a poignant couple with talented tenor Salvatore Licitra as Radamès. Luciana d’Intino is nothing less than brilliant in the role of Aida’s rival Amneris and Juan Pons imbues his Amonasro with enormous humanity.

Conducting the Zurich Opera orchestra and chorus, Adam Fischer brings out all the score’s musical and dramatic majesty.

An Aida connoisseur – he has already directed the work several times – Nicolas Joël transposes the action to the period of the opera’s première, at the time of the opening of the Suez Canal. Ezio Frigerio’s sumptuous sets provide a spectacle drenched in the colours of the time of Napoleon III.

This new version has been acclaimed by audiences and critics alike.


Coproduced with Siberia’s Novosibirsk Opera, this new Macbeth uses cutting-edge multimedia technology to give the viewer a fresh perspective on the work. Google Earth satellite images plunge us into the heart of the action: a gloomy square surrounded by soulless buildings, and the interior of an aristocratic residence. Witches are no more a part of Tcherniakov’s Macbeth that the duel was of Onegin, but once again the atmosphere is one of brooding claustrophobia. Tcherniakov has chosen a great cast, beginning with the marvellous Lithuanian soprano Violeta Urmana as Lady Macbeth. Greek baritone Dimitris Tiliakos is a powerful presence as Macbeth, while the Italians Ferruccio Furlanetto (bass) and Stefano Secco (tenor) are sumptuous as, respectively, Banquo and Macduff. In this, his second production at the Paris Opera, Teodor Currentzis, music director of the Novosibirsk Opera and Ballet Theatre conducts with verve and a splendid theatrical sense.

Verdi Box-Set


Stage direction : Peter Mussbach

Violetta Valéry Mireille Delunsch
Alfredo Germont Matthew Polenzani
Giorgio Germont Zeljko Lucic
Flora Bervoix Damiana Pinti
Gastone Olivier Hernandez
Barone Douphol Enrico Marabelli

Orchestre de Paris

Conductor : Yutaka Sado

HD recording : Festival d’Aix en Provence | 2003
TV direction : Don Kent


Stage direction : Nicolas Joel

Aida Nina Stemme
Radamès Salvatore Licitra
Il Re Günther Groissböck
Amneris Luciana D’Intino
Ramfis Matti Salminen

Orchestre de l’Opéra de Zurich

Conductor : Adam Fischer

HD recording : Opéra de Zurich | 2006
TV direction : Andy Sommer


Stage direction : Dmitri Tcherniakov

Macbeth Dimitris Tiliakos
Banco Ferruccio Furlanetto
Lady Macbeth Violeta Urmana
Dama di Macbeth Letitia Singleton
Macduff Stefano Secco
Malcolm Alfredo Nigro
Medico Yuri Kissin

Orchestre et Chœurs de l’Opéra de Paris
Maîtrise des Hauts-de-Seine / Chœur d’enfants de l’Opéra de Paris

Conductor Teodor Currentzis

HD recording : Opéra national de Paris (Opéra Bastille) | 2009
TV direction : Andy Sommer

Technical informations

Release date : 24 September 2013
Distribution : Naxos Distribution

: BAC606
Barcode : 3760115306066
Running time : 541 min.
La Traviata : 130 min.
Aida : 217 min.
Macbeth : 194 min.
Subtitles : FR / ENG / GER / SPA (Traviata)
FR / ENG / GER / SPA / ITA (Aida & Macbeth)
Image : Color, 16/9, NTSC
Sound : PCM 2.0, Dolby Digital 5.1
Region code : 0

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