Becoming Traviata

Director: Philippe Béziat

Country:  France

Year of Production:  2012


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Winner – DVD of the Year

BBC Music Magazine Awards 2015

An intimate and fascinating documentary that invites you to go behind the curtains of one of the world’s greatest operas, Verdi’s masterpiece, La Traviata. Director Philippe Béziat offers a rare glimpse into the creative process of renowned singers and musicians as they collaborate to produce a contemporary re-telling of this classic opera at the prestigious Festival d’Aix-en-Provence in France.

French theatre/opera director Jean-François Sivadier and celebrated Met Opera soprano Natalie Dessay work side by side to tirelessly craft and mould, with perfect precision, Verdi’s heroine, Violetta. Dessay’s metamorphosis is truly mesmerising. Other collaborators include the London Symphony Orchestra musicians, under the direction of Louis Langrée, Estonian Philharmonic Choir singers, performers, lighting technicians and set designers who work in unison to bring to life one magnificent artistic expression.

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Natalie Dessay, Jean-Francois Sivadier, Louis Langrée, Charles Castronovo, Adelina Scarabelli, Ludovic Tézier


Director: Philippe Béziat


Philippe Martin

Editor:  Cyril Leuthy

Cinematographer:  Raphaël O’Byrne, Hichame Alaouié, Ned Burgess, Matthieu Poirot-Delpech


Giuseppe Verdi

Production Details

Country:  France

Year of Production:  2012

Language:  French, English


  • English

Duration:  113 minutes

Shooting gauge:  Digital

Original aspect ratio:  1.85:1


  • Documentary
  • Opera

DVD Release Date:  26th May 2014

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