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Verdi: La Traviata

A new studio recording of Verdi’s La Traviata is released by Prima Classic, soprano Marina Rebeka’s own label. Believed to be the first complete recording of the opera for 26 years not based on an existing production, it is certainly unprecedented for a small independent label to take on such a massive project so early in its existence. This studio recording, released on 1 November, is only Prima Classic’s third release and its first full opera.

The stellar cast for La Traviata is headed by Marina Rebeka as Violetta, Charles Castronovo as Alfredo, and George Petean as Germont, along with the recently formed Latvian Festival Orchestra and the world-renowned State Choir Latvija under the baton of Michael Balke..

Verdi: La Traviata 

Violetta – Marina Rebeka 
Alfredo – Charles Castronovo 
Giorgio – George Petean 
Flora – Elisabeth Sergeeva 
Gastone – Gideon Poppe 
Marchese – Isaac Galán 
Barone – Rihards Močanovskis 
Grenvil – Kiršjānis Norvelis 
Annina – Laura Grecka 
Giuseppe – Michails Čuļpajevs 
Commissionario – Luca Martoni 
Latvian Festival Orchestra 
State Choir Latvija 
Michael Balke (conductor) 

Recorded at the Great Gild in Riga, Latvia, 24 March 2019 – 3 April 2019 
PRIMA CLASSIC PRIMA003 2 CDs 

Rebeka (…) makes Violetta quite human, moving between intimate moments and some finely dramatic ones, with a great cutting edge to the voice.

Planet Hugill

Rebeka je ve všech ohledech Violettou výtečnou, má šmrnc i výraz, koketnost i tragičnost v jejím okouzlujícím sopránu je vzrušující i odzbrojující zároveň (...) vše jakoby nešlo z plic, ale ze srdce a spontánnost.

Elegant Classics

Marina Rebeka est assez éblouissante, il faut le dire, et déploie la majesté d’une souveraine, plus encore que la suprême aisance d’une demi-mondaine habituée à voir tous les hommes à ses pieds (...) tous les détails de la virtuosité sont finement ciselés.

Forum Opera

La vocalidad amplia, extensa y bien timbrada de Marina Rebeka se imponen en un papel que no es fácil (...) Su “Amami, Alfredo” es impactante y su lectura de la carta deja en mantillas a muchas ilustres colegas que prefieren el énfasis a la naturalidad.