BECOMING TRAVIATA - Winner Of DVD Of The Year At The BBC Music Magazine Awards 2015

The prestigious BBC Music Magazine Awards took place in the heart of London on Tuesday 7th April, honouring many distinguished artists from the world of opera and classical music. AX1 Films won the coveted DVD award for the acclaimed opera documentary 'Becoming Traviata'. Head of AX1’s Acquisitions, Rocío Freire-Bernat commented “this award is the kind of recognition that 'Becoming Traviata' so richly deserves and we, at AX1 are very proud to be associated with the film.

Béziat receives BBC Music Magazine Award for Becoming Traviata

Director Philippe Béziat (centre) presented with the DVD Award for BECOMING TRAVIATA by BBC Radio 3's presenter, Clemency Burton-Hill (left) and BBC Music Magazine's Editor, Oliver Condy (right).

Image credit: John Miller

An intimate and fascinating documentary which goes 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 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.

Accepting the award on behalf of AX1, Béziat said “It is a great honour for me to be in London to attend this award ceremony. Both music and movie have always been essential issues for me. As a matter of fact, I never really succeeded in choosing between those two passions. So, when it occurs that quite a large audience may share with me the pleasure I had to film music and musicians at work, it is a deep satisfaction for me. Thanks to Natalie Dessay, thanks to the French set director Jean-François Sivadier, thanks to the LSO conducted by Louis Langrée, thanks to the Aix-en-Provence festival's staff, thanks to AX1 Films' team who has done such a great job in distributing the film and the DVD,  thanks to Giuseppe Verdi as well, 'Becoming Traviata' has reached its audience and, on behalf of all of them, I am very proud to receive this BBC Music Magazine Award.”




BECOMING TRAVIATA is available on DVD/VOD through AX1 Films