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This recording of Verdi's "La Traviata" from the 2005 Salzburg Festival - the uncontested and hopelessly sold-out highlight of the festival season -captures the triumphal performance not only of Anna Netrebko as Violetta Valéry but also of Rolando Villazón as her lover Alfredo. The glamorous Russian soprano and the heartthrob Mexican tenor have become the new dream team of the opera world. The international press was unanimous in praising the singers' phenomenal range, heavenly timbre, musical finesse, and powerful, charismatic stage presence. Portraying Alfredo's father is one of the leading baritones of our time, Thomas Hampson. The Austrian Broadcasting Corporation's (ORF) simultaneous telecast of the premiere scored a phenomenal 29% market share. Willy Decker's stark, elegantly stylish stage production makes Anna Netrebko the center of attention at all times. The sets and costumes are by Wolfgang Gussmann. "La Traviata" is conducted by Carlo Rizzi, performed by the world-renowned Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, and directed for television by Emmy-Award winner Brian Large.

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