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Your reaction: La traviata live in cinemas 2016

What did you think of the live cinema relay of Richard Eyre's production of Verdi's classic opera?

By Chris Shipman (Head of Brand Engagement and Social Media)

4 February 2016 at 10.27pm | 109 Comments

What did you think of La traviata live in cinemas?
Share your thoughts via the comments below.

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By Chris Shipman (Head of Brand Engagement and Social Media)

4 February 2016 at 10.27pm

This article has been categorised Opera and tagged cinema, La traviata, movies, relay, Saimir Pirgu, Social Media, twitter, Venera Gimadieva, your reaction

This article has 109 comments

  1. Fantastic great Voice Venera Gimadieva I enjoyed every minuten of it.

  2. Alex responded on 4 February 2016 at 10:54pm Reply

    Great performance but marred by regular black screen and then no picture for ten minutes of Act Two..incoming to Barry, apparently.
    Good pictures but poor blacks and shadows.... Are good standards set and maintained?

    • Sarah Walsh (Cinema Account Coordinator) responded on 5 February 2016 at 10:25am

      Dear Alex,

      May I ask which cinema you attended and I will get in contact with them about this? I can't confirm what happened without more info but this sounds like a local equipment problem to me.

      Kind regards,


  3. Tom Ashmore responded on 4 February 2016 at 10:55pm Reply

    Heart wrenching performance by Venera, magnificent.

  4. Rachelle marks responded on 4 February 2016 at 10:58pm Reply

    Wonderful simply wonderful

  5. linda davidson responded on 4 February 2016 at 10:59pm Reply

    Just back from watching La Traviata in a Cinema in Hemel Hempstead. My friends and I thought it was brilliant. Such emotion from start to finish. Fabulous staging and choreography plus the most beautiful voice of Violetta. What a treat. So lucky to of seen it.

  6. Ed Cook responded on 4 February 2016 at 11:01pm Reply

    An absolute knockout of a production. I've seen a few productions of La Traviata since I started going to opera 45 years ago. This is the best I've ever seen, and Gemadieva was without a shred of doubt the best Violetta I've ever seen. And I loved Pirgu too. What a fantastic treat. Thank you ROH.

  7. Helen Brown responded on 4 February 2016 at 11:07pm Reply

    BRAVO!!!! What an evening - first time I had seen La Traviata - loved it.

  8. Fiona Southern responded on 4 February 2016 at 11:12pm Reply

    Venera Gimadieva was mesmerising, beautiful voice and superb acting, even under the close scrutiny of the camera. Loved the production, great to have access to this in Cumbria.

  9. Julliard francoise responded on 4 February 2016 at 11:12pm Reply

    On espère un Dvd
    Grande performance
    Magnifique mise en scène
    Une grande sobriété
    Une très belle Traviata

  10. Rosi Aston responded on 4 February 2016 at 11:13pm Reply

    What a wonderful, emotionally powerful performance tonight in Pouzauges in France.
    Violetta was sublimely performed by Venera. not a dry eye in the house.

    • Fanny Harrison-Banfield responded on 10 February 2016 at 9:56pm

      We were at Pouzauges watching the sensational La Traviata, did we share a table before the performance? Fanny and Bunny Harrison-Banfield

  11. Jenny Read responded on 4 February 2016 at 11:21pm Reply

    Absolutely first class performance. I was transfixed by Venera Gimadieva from the first note she sang but was blown away by her acting in Act 3. A lot of tears shed at The Quay theatre in Sudbury!

  12. Alemko Gluhak responded on 4 February 2016 at 11:22pm Reply

    nice bright Venera! and others, of course. From a cinema in Zagreb, Croatia

  13. Margaret Jaques responded on 4 February 2016 at 11:25pm Reply

    I loved it, very emotional I am hooked

  14. Ed Hill responded on 4 February 2016 at 11:44pm Reply

    Absolutely loved it ,such a moving performance from Venera and what a wonderful voice.

  15. Venera Gimadieva! What a amazing Voice...and acting. Ditte alla giovine and Adio del passato were absolutely Great. Production very nice, but soprano was the best!

  16. Aurora Piccardo responded on 4 February 2016 at 11:47pm Reply

    Beautiful Traviata

  17. Rosemary. Farrell responded on 4 February 2016 at 11:49pm Reply

    Fantastic loved every minute

  18. PhilippaGrinham responded on 4 February 2016 at 11:50pm Reply

    Stunning. This was a memorable and beautiful performance. Where does Venera Gimadieva go from here?

  19. Sarah Pritchard responded on 4 February 2016 at 11:53pm Reply

    Not a dry eye in the Maidstone cinema. An emotional roller coaster. Fantastic cast, incredible voices and acting! We absolutely loved it! Apart from screening it again on Sunday, will you show it again? Will you release it on DVD? Just wonderful!

  20. Helen Moody responded on 5 February 2016 at 12:02am Reply

    Wow, what an amazing performance, Venera as Violetta was just stunning! I watched it with my Mum in Lincoln UK

  21. Sinead responded on 5 February 2016 at 12:06am Reply

    Watched la traviata in cork ! Van era amazing and sets so tradional . Loved conductors comments and details fab

  22. Rosa Martīnez responded on 5 February 2016 at 12:10am Reply

    La Traviata is my favorite opera, and from tonight Venera is my favorite Violeta. What a poverful, clear and beautiful voice, full of nuances. What a great actress. What a beautiful young woman. I have attended the opera in cinema tonight in Santander. I deeply appreciate this broadcasting system that allows us to watch the very best of operas, singers and orchestras. Thanks to all those who make this pleasure possible.

    • Sarah Pritchard responded on 5 February 2016 at 5:48pm

      I completely agree! Thank you ROH and everybody involved in making wonderful operas accessible for everybody around the world to see.

  23. Alan Isherwood responded on 5 February 2016 at 12:18am Reply

    Fantastic performance and a terrific way to allow opera to be experienced away from performing theatres. More publicity may help to boost attendance so that more people could experience opera.

  24. RICHARD HOLLOWAY responded on 5 February 2016 at 12:45am Reply

    A wonderful performance. Totally inspirational in all ways. What happened to the sub titles?!!! They didn't appear until the last act,which spoilt it for me. Who is responsible for not turning them on , is it the local theatre ( Castle at Wellingborough ) or ROH? Still a privilege to be there. Thank you

    • Sarah Walsh (Cinema Account Coordinator) responded on 5 February 2016 at 9:46am

      Dear Richard,

      Unfortunately it sounds like the cinema didn't switch on the subtitles for which I apologise. I'll contact them today about it and hopefully there will be no problems the next time.

      Kind regards,


  25. Stevie responded on 5 February 2016 at 1:00am Reply

    Gimadieva was as magnificent as I had expected and everything was staged to showcase her talents to best advantage. Very well supported by the leading males.
    I hope it is issued as a DVD, so that I can skip the lengthy intervals and drawn out very 'dry' narratives. Needs someone like a singing version of Darcy Bussell to generate a little less tedium in the Opera transmission intervals. There must be plenty of candidates.

  26. John Brice responded on 5 February 2016 at 1:18am Reply

    The production was superb and I had a good weep in Act 3! The printed synopsis given out at the cinema, however, is a little inaccurate in that it implies that Baron Douphol is a 'new protector'. He is not - he was Violetta's protector before the opera begins, as was perfectly evident from the staging at Violetta's party in Act 1. She returns to him in Act 2 sc2.

  27. Sara Redford responded on 5 February 2016 at 1:38am Reply

    Midweek treat which we otherwise could not have attended. Awesome performance tonight, thank you for making it possible.

  28. Elizabeth Wood responded on 5 February 2016 at 3:35am Reply

    Excellent production, very intelligent and moving. Gimadieva is amazing: such a beautiful voice, such great acting and such a beautiful face. Words fail me. Thank you so much for a wonderful experience.

  29. Bridget Jackson responded on 5 February 2016 at 8:51am Reply

    I was blown away by this performance and moved to a variety of emotions, including real anger at the emotional manipulation used in the second act!! I doubt I would have felt as totally engaged if I'd been sat at a distance in the actual auditorium. The live screening allowed me to be there with the characters, without any distractions of what was happening in the gap between me and the stage!

  30. E.Wiersum responded on 5 February 2016 at 9:01am Reply

    La Traviata was ruined by technical failure at the Filmhuis in Den Haag , Netherlands . The audience was reimbursed : a lot of room for improvement there .

    • Sarah Walsh (Cinema Account Coordinator) responded on 5 February 2016 at 10:56am

      Good morning,

      Please can you provide me with more information on the technical problems you experienced and I will speak with the cinema about them?

      Best wishes,


  31. Mary M O'Sullivan Cork Ireland responded on 5 February 2016 at 9:56am Reply

    Love Opera and go to all HD live in Cinemas. Last nights 'La Traviata' was magnificient the performance of Venera Gimadieva what a VOICE fabulous in every way and she could act the part as well. I love the traditional productions and they should always be in the period they were written. Looking forward to Boris Godunov.

  32. Linda responded on 5 February 2016 at 10:06am Reply

    From the south of France, as everyone has said, a marvellous production, and fabulous, all-round performances by Gimadieva, Salsi and Pirgu. I also really liked Yves Abel's introduction to the opera as he is such a fluent speaker and really conveys his love of the work. I also thought Simon Callow was excellent: informed and informing, with wit and just the right amount of detail. We see quite a few of the ROH and Met, opera and ballet, cinema screenings and think that the ROH really makes the best of the preperformance and interval times. Only one other comment: the sound reporduction was noticeably variable, especially when the performers faced away from the audience or were further upstage.However, thank you for such a marvellous treat!

    • Elizabeth responded on 7 February 2016 at 10:41pm

      Totally agree, and I also always love to hear Antonio Pappano's opinions. Renee Fleming may say that the cinema relays are detrimental to live opera, but for the majority of the population,most live performances are impossible to get to.

  33. karolin arnott responded on 5 February 2016 at 10:08am Reply

    Was at last night's performance - wonderful - the best I've seen and I've been to all La Traviata performances in the Opera House in the last few years. VG was outstanding.

  34. MARK ROCHESTER responded on 5 February 2016 at 10:18am Reply

    Gimadieva . Perfection.

  35. Mark Ferrero responded on 5 February 2016 at 10:22am Reply

    A fantasticly involving Traviata, and I think the best Violetta I have ever seen. Some slight technical issues at The Regal, Tenbury Wells, though. The sound was very quiet, especially in the second act - could it be bandwidth problems? And no subtitles for Act 1, though once the audience made representations in the interval, they were there from Act 2 onwards. Perhaps you might have a chat with them about these issues please? It is a volunteer-run cinema, and we are all very grateful to them for staffing it unpaid. But a little more focus on the technical side wouldn't go amis. It was a wonderful show, though, and we had much more space and comfort than the punters in the RoH!

    • Sarah Walsh (Cinema Account Coordinator) responded on 5 February 2016 at 10:39am

      Dear Mark,

      I wholeheartedly agree that volunteer-run cinemas are a wonderful asset to have access to! I will contact The Regal though and see if we can iron out these kinks. Thanks for letting us know.

      Best wishes,


  36. Mick Pullen responded on 5 February 2016 at 10:24am Reply

    Absolutely Brilliant.Like Richard Holloway we watched at The Castle Wellngborough and suffered because of the lack of subtitles untill Act 111.However fabulous performances made up for this to some extent.The Castle also managed to mess up our tickets. The ROH should seek reassurances from the The Castle before they are allowed access to further live screening.Are there any plans for an Encore screening of this wonderful production.

  37. Mick Pullen responded on 5 February 2016 at 10:42am Reply

    Dear Sarah,Thanks for very quick response.Unfortunately we cannot attend on Sunday when it will be screened at The Odeon Kettering(our next nearest to Wellngborough)Will it be screened again later in the year.Thanks

  38. Roger Woods responded on 5 February 2016 at 10:42am Reply

    Visited Vue Acton. They gave us the wrong start time (7.15pm) and they cut off the top and bottom of the screen for the first two acts. Sub titles were farcical. However, glorious singing especially Venera and Luca

    • Sarah Walsh (Cinema Account Coordinator) responded on 5 February 2016 at 11:05am

      Dear Roger,

      What a pity - I'm sorry this happened but am glad that you enjoyed the performances. I will follow up with Vue about these tech issues but just to clarify the incorrect start time - was this on your tickets or a leaflet from the cinema?

      Best wishes,


  39. Nick B responded on 5 February 2016 at 10:47am Reply

    Venera G wonderful. Fabulous production!

  40. Monica Perry responded on 5 February 2016 at 10:58am Reply

    What a wonderful performance. still hearing Gimadieva's voice the next day. What a privilege to see it and hear it locally.Thanks ROH. The camera work was fantastic too, close-ups almost better than sitting in the Theatre, but missed the applause and maybe the atmosphere.

  41. Liam Hennessy responded on 5 February 2016 at 11:38am Reply

    Amazing evening, stunning singing and acting from Gimedieva. Magical.

  42. Christine Clegg responded on 5 February 2016 at 11:55am Reply

    La Traviata was incredible; I enjoyed it so much and Verena Gimadieva's voice was the ultimate Violetta. I will never forget her performance. We watched the live streaming from a cinema in a small town in south-west France. Please, please, continue the live streaming.

  43. Campbell Dickson responded on 5 February 2016 at 12:01pm Reply

    My wife and I saw a cast of ROH L Traviata with the stunning performances of Venera Gimadieva and Luca Salsi (Giogio Germont). I was in tears with the pathos and beauty of Venera's performance beautifully complimented by Luca's. The whole production was a powerful emotional experience. Venera's costumes were stunning - both her white gown and the beautiful black gown. I have only been at a single ROH performance (La Traviata on 12 May 2014). I don't have a DVD/CD set but still often play my boxed LP set of Domingo, Ileana Cotrubas, Sherrill Milnes, Carlos Kleiber. But I rate last night's viewing at Eden Court, Inverness, as the best Traviata that I have even seen. Simply stunning!!!!!

  44. Angela Horton responded on 5 February 2016 at 12:23pm Reply

    A wonderful, passionate, heart wrenching performance. Violetta was superb as was Alfredo, fabulous singing and emotional acting. I also loved having Simon Callow and others inform us about the performance and different parts of the music. I well as being thoroughly entertained I learnt so much. A huge thank you to ROH for making opera accessible to all.

  45. Julia Kneale responded on 5 February 2016 at 12:35pm Reply

    Brava Gimadieva! Best Violetta in 45 years of opera going. Supported by a stellar cast, chorus, conductor and orchestra. DVD please!

  46. Colyn Moore responded on 5 February 2016 at 12:50pm Reply

    Suffice to say, I could have watched the whole performance again right away. Sublime music and voices, particularly Venera Gimadieva's.
    Thank you to the Royal Opera House for making these wonderful performances so accessible for so many of us.
    Congratulations to all involved in La Traviata.

  47. Carolyn George responded on 5 February 2016 at 1:08pm Reply

    Congratulations to all the cast for such a moving performance. Wonderful singing and superb acting throughout - with such emotion - we thoroughly enjoyed it.

  48. Gary Adams responded on 5 February 2016 at 1:15pm Reply

    Although I have been to the live opera a few times this was my first time at one of these opera screenings and I finally "got" opera. It was brilliant and well done Odeon Andover for the staging. You really think there is an orchestra in the room with you.

  49. Bill Jamieson responded on 5 February 2016 at 1:43pm Reply

    Watched the live performance of Traviata in Truro, Cornwall last night - a first class production with a stunning performance by Venera Grimadieva, with a wonderful Alffedo and Germond. I was sceptical about cinema screen relay beforehand but it was fantastic to see everything in such detail and close-up - every facial expression caught - and every detail of those fabulous costumes. Sound quality was superb and with clear subtitles at the bottom of the screen, no more neck straining to read them above the stage. Full marks to ROH, both for the highest standards of this production and for making this accessible to audiences across the world. . ENCORE, please!

  50. Sylvia Scott responded on 5 February 2016 at 2:20pm Reply

    We have attended several operas and ballets at Bournemouth Odeon, most times having to endure noise from an action movie in the adjacent cinema. The management try to adjust the volume, but we are still aware of intrusive sound. Very annoying!

  51. maureen cailes responded on 5 February 2016 at 2:35pm Reply

    Saw this wonderful performance at The Windmill,Littlehampton,West Sussex. Very well done, sound,sub-titles excellent. As for the performance, what can I say. Can still hear the wonderful voice of Venera this morning. what a voice,what an actress! The rest of the ensemble were magical. Thankyou ROH for staging this and allowing so many of us to see it. Wonderful.

  52. Tim and Marion Gowing responded on 5 February 2016 at 3:11pm Reply

    What a fantastic performance! We think the best we have ever seen! Venera Gimadieva was fabulous, not only a fine voice but an accomplished actrice.

  53. David Davis responded on 5 February 2016 at 4:00pm Reply

    Still recovering from last night's performance of Traviata. Haven't really come down to earth yet. This was an absolutely stunning production. As for the voices, what more can be said. Lovely to see the production set in the period and not modernised.

  54. William Swales responded on 5 February 2016 at 4:32pm Reply

    MAGNIFICENT! Venera Gimadieva beautifully captured the ‘three voices’ of Violetta and fully brought the tragic character to life as she went from playful youthfulness wishing to ‘seize the day’ living in a life of resplendent unadulterated luxury through to the dark dread of irreversible impending death – and as for wardrobe – the dresses were STUNNING!

    LOVED the black jet-work that showed off Violetta’s sumptuous ‘take-what-you-can-get-while-you-can-get-it’ glamour as the blackness of the dress - highlighted with the dark sinister sparkle of the jet - depicted the impending tragic doom to come as the bigoted Giorgio Germont – brilliantly played by Luca Salsi – cleverly convinced Violetta that she was ‘doing the right thing’ by leaving Alfredo forever because her scandalous past and her lavish lifestyle was bringing humiliation, disgrace, and harm to the family - as well as seriously impacting the families fortunes – trashing the dowry of his daughter – who’s only hope of contentment was by having her father provide sufficient funds to a suitor to ‘keep her in the luxury she deserves’ because women were treated as chattels (Verdi’s political sub-text) as Violetta slowly bankrupts his love-sick fool of a son in the process.

    Alfred Hitchcock shows how the lives of innocent people are trashed and destroyed forever by vileness in his amazing ‘must-see’ film ‘The wrong man’ – a film based upon actual events – events that almost cost ‘the wrong man’ his life as he is charged and sent down for a murder that he never committed because of witness hearsay and police harassment. This is the only Hitchcock film where Hitchcock does not make a cameo appearance because the subject matter is so horrific.

    The sets; the costumes; and the lighting that give everything the ‘look’ speak just as eloquently as the action – and last nights spectacle was like watching a painting come to life.

    As to the cinematography – whoever prepared the treatment; storyboarded the event; and planned the shots did a FABULOUS job. This was true ‘painting with light’ as each panorama filled the space so that we could ‘feel’ the breadth of the space and not only see and feel the intimacy of the characters and grasp their emotions and ‘inner reality’ with the ‘up-close-and-personal’ shots – but also see the interactions of others surrounding the characters as well as see the ‘settings’ where the drama unfolded – such as the gambling tables depicting the fickle, frivolous lifestyles ever fraught with danger; and the lavish home provided by Alfredo – right down to priceless paintings of Dutch Masters casually stacked against the wall in a state of readiness to be auctioned and sold behind Alfredo’s back to fund Violetta’s lavish lifestyle – to heighten the reality and draw out the emotions.

    I also liked (and greatly appreciated) how the cinematographer planned the framing so as to give ‘space’ for the character to ‘walk into’ rather than simply ‘track’ the character as they moved in the space – which gives a feeling of isolation. This is something that the cinematographers who storyboard the ballets should take note of.

    There is nothing more irritating than to see a ‘camera cut’ before a leap is concluded (Giselle); or to see characters ‘out of context’ and not see the whole scenario in a structured logical telling of a story as the ‘action’ unfolds – an example from ‘Swan Lake’ being when the dark wicked Odette (Teutonic for peasant) seduces Prince Siegfried (Teutonic for ‘victorious’) in the pas de trois (dance of entanglement) – and the ‘focus’ is placed upon Prince Siegfried and Odette as if they are the only people present – which creates the mistaken belief that the prince and the seductress are performing a pas de deux (some love dance) – because we FAIL to see three important ‘points’:

    - that of Odette behaving as the fragile Odile (Teutonic for ‘home maker’) by pretending to be a ‘swan’ – where you need to see her centred ‘square on’ in a ‘two-shot’ showing her and her partner from top-to-toe – with space to ‘move into’ as Odile replicates the same choreography we saw at the lakeside in Act 2 - and cruelly pirouettes to say ‘look everyone – he thinks I am a swan! Do YOU think I am a swan?’

    - that of Odile rebuffing the prince and walking away from him towards her father as the prince attempts to embrace her; and callously withdrawing her ‘offered’ hand – which requires ‘space’ for Odette and the prince to ‘walk into’.

    - and that of Odette seeking advice from her father – the third principal character in the entanglement – so as to determine what she should do next – and when to ‘go in for the kill’ just prior to the impending harrowing denouement – which requires a ‘long pull’ married to a contra-zoom – a technique where the camera pulls back and the cameraperson simultaneously pans the camera to show the whole spectacle – prince and seductress ‘stage right’ (audience left) - the ‘dextrous’ ‘light’ side – Rothbart ‘stage left’ (audience right) – the ‘sinister’ ‘dark’ side - whilst simultaneously zooming in on the two characters as the pull and pan takes place so as to maintain the images the same size as Rothbart becomes visible and the horrific drama unfolds.

    Yes this requires the hiring and installation of a crane or a ‘scissor extender’ attached to the rear of the auditorium to ‘pull it off’ – as they do in The Royal Albert Hall – which requires a quiet word with the senior ‘grip’ – the person responsible for the mounting, attachment, and physical operation of the camera and lighting rigs - but these films are our heritage and will remain for future generations to see well beyond our lifetimes and that of our children - so it is well worth the effort to deploy strong cinematic techniques that ‘carry the story’ and ‘capture the drama’.

    Certainly this was the case with last night’s fabulous performance, and one could see that a lot of team effort from the art director; the set designers; the cinematographer; the lighting crew; the camera persons; the colourist; and wardrobe (so loved the blood-splattered bedding and blood stains on Annina’s apron) had been put in place to SERIOUSLY deliver a world-class performance that outshone everything that went before it. The singing was superlative; the dancers brought sparkle and life to the whole proceedings – and the pathos at the end had everyone in floods of tears.

    ASIDE: You can see the ‘long-pull’ cinematic effect in all of its glory when ‘Scarlet o Hara’ visits the battle scene in David O Selznick's ‘Gone with the wind’ (now fully restored on BluRay) to search for ‘Rebt Butler’. This is one of the finest ‘long-pulls’ ever filmed as we go from seeing Scarlet o Hara (Vivian Leigh) ‘fill the frame’ as she walks into the scene - to seeing the horrendous site of hundreds of deluded lost souls laying dead in the street – concluding with a tattered Union flag flapping in the wind to say ‘you have lost your battle to retain slavery’; and you can see the power of the ‘contra-zoom’ in Martin Scorsese’s ‘Goodfellas’ when the camera tracks through a diner and turns and faces two villains sat at a table across from each other having a conversation – and then the camera slowly ‘pulls back’ as the cameraman simultaneously ‘zooms in’ on the characters to retain their ‘physical’ size in the frame – and we see ‘the big picture’ unfold as the car park is revealed – whilst simultaneously retaining the intimacy of the two people - priceless.

    On the subject of courtesans needing to choose between love and money, the beautifully restored ‘Les Enfants’ du Paradis’ (The children of paradise) has recently been released.

    This remarkable, deeply moving ‘must-see’ film – made in 1943 by a crew of Jewish artisans right under the noses of the Gestapo - set in the glittering world of the 19th century - tells the story of the courtesan Garance – who – like Violetta Valery – has several ‘life choices’ presented before her from four men who compete for her affections.

    The whole film has you on the edge of your seat from the opening moments – and the fabulous performances from the mime artist chasing Garance’s affections just blows you away.

    I don’t know if ROH carry classic films, or plan to do so in the foreseeable future, but if they don’t then this classic masterwork is readily available from retail outlets and on line, along with the restoration BluRay of Robert Benigni’s classic film ‘Life is beautiful’. This is a take on ‘Orpheus and the underworld’ – and is a real ‘eye opener’ that will stun you.

  55. hilary marchant responded on 5 February 2016 at 6:23pm Reply

    Wonderful evening at Gun Wharf Portsmouth. What a splendid Opera it was, full of emotion and beautiful sets, and the fantastic performance by Violetta.
    It was very interesting to see behind the scenes and interviews with the cast. Also to see comments from people around the world sharing this experience.
    The idea of a live performance is great, as to travel to London is very expensive. I love opera and would love to see more.
    Thank you for this opportunity . lets have more, more, more!

  56. Alan Prowse responded on 5 February 2016 at 7:47pm Reply

    This performance of Violetta must be the ultimate definitive one. Superb.

  57. Jakegee responded on 5 February 2016 at 8:38pm Reply

    I watched this wonderful performance last night in The Fullerton cinema in Castle Douglas. Venera Gimadieva was such a wonderful singer, but also an outstanding actress who perfectly fulfilled the role of Violetta. Both lead males were also so suited to their roles. A superlative opera performance all round.

    Only one complaint - as with last week's Royal Ballet relay of "Rhapsody" and "The Two Pigeons", the curtain calls were interrupted to advise of the forthcoming cinema relays which had already been well advertised. If this MUST be done, PLEASE leave it until all curtain calls are complete, and do not tear us away from the joy of seeing the artists' pleasure in accepting the audience's appreciation of their talents and performance skills.

  58. Sheila responded on 5 February 2016 at 9:00pm Reply

    A fantasic Birthday treat for me with a friend at.Newbury Theatre. I had never seen La Traviata before. It was an amazing powerful.performance frim.everyone involved. I was in awe of Verdi to.write this beautiful opera in.such a short.time based on.his experience of life at the time. I could not take my.eyes off the screen but during the heart.wrenching.pain and agony scenes I had to as i could feel the pain coming from so.deep.within the tragedy of this young woman and her desire to be loved for herself that she.could believe she was worthy.of it. Such a lesson of humanity and judgement inflicted on people even today. I had a wonderful time. X

  59. jean responded on 5 February 2016 at 9:07pm Reply

    At East Dulwich Picturehouse. Outstanding production and all round excellent music and cast. So happy that we managed to get tickets at a great venue. Thanks ROH and EDP.

  60. Larry P responded on 5 February 2016 at 9:55pm Reply

    Watched La Traviata @ HomeMCR.
    Clear sound, sharp picture, clear subtitles.
    The link talks added to the experience. This La Traviata was truly stunning.
    My first opera screening and I went in feeling a little ambivalent about it. A better and clearer view than almost any seat in the house. A fantastic experience I shall repeat.

  61. Carmen Barrenechea responded on 5 February 2016 at 10:34pm Reply

    Bravo! Bravo! Bravo! "La Traviata" was wonderful .Venera Gimadieva magnificent.
    Thank you to the Royal Opera House for the great performance from Bilbao- Spain

  62. John Huntington responded on 6 February 2016 at 2:07pm Reply

    What an incredible voice and what a wonderful performance from Venera Gimadieva - shivers down my spine.

  63. Peter Gartside responded on 6 February 2016 at 2:42pm Reply

    Too much close-up.

    • Michael Powell responded on 13 February 2016 at 9:22am

      Agreed. Opera is meant to be seen from 50 metres away in a dark room, and costumes, makeup and stage effects are assembled accordingly.

      But it's not as bad as the Met Pearl Fishers in January where the wild camera work also gave us panning and zooming mid sentence. I felt as queasy as if I'd been at sea with the singers.

      It's not TV, it's not the movies, it's meant to be seen from the stalls.

  64. G and H Edwards responded on 6 February 2016 at 3:15pm Reply

    Thank you to all for a wonderful evening. What a superb production. We wanted to sit through it all again.

  65. Lyn Jacomb responded on 6 February 2016 at 4:05pm Reply

    We watched la Traviata in the Space cinema in Bologna Italy. It was brilliant! Venera Gimadieva was exceptional - an amazing voice and a good actor. Alfredo had a great voice but wsas a little wooden. Simon Callow hit the right note - informative without patronising the audience. It was great to get close-ups that we would not get had we been in the ROH! There was spontaneous applause from the mainly Italian audience in the cinema! Will be going back for more!

  66. Martina civeriati responded on 6 February 2016 at 4:38pm Reply

    Ama sing performance I Enjoy ir ver y much from Mallorca Spain

  67. Silvia del monte responded on 6 February 2016 at 4:42pm Reply

    Me gustaría mucho asistir en directo
    Palma de mallorca

  68. Kathrin responded on 7 February 2016 at 9:12am Reply

    Genau die richtigen Gesichter und Figuren wurden den Charakteren zugeordnet.
    Es war eine fantastische Leistung. Die hübschen Gesichter der Violetta und Alfredo dazu ihr schauspielerisches Können.
    Es war rundum die beste Vorstellung La Traviata, die wir je gesehen haben.

  69. Lyn Griffin responded on 7 February 2016 at 2:06pm Reply

    For reasons unknown to me(! )decided to see this - never seen any opera before (am 61!) .Loved it, especially Violetta, and Alfredo's father,also commentary from ROH & subtitles were very helpful.
    Am converted!

  70. josephine responded on 7 February 2016 at 3:11pm Reply

    Es war so wundervoll und so traurig. Wir mussten alle weinen.
    Es war die schönste Aufführung einer Oper, die wir je gesehen haben.
    Vielen Dank an alle Beteiligten

  71. Suzi cavanagh responded on 7 February 2016 at 6:07pm Reply

    My first opera and I absolutely loved it! Venera's performance is heartbreakingly moving - I'm hooked!

  72. Dr E Valder responded on 7 February 2016 at 8:33pm Reply

    Traviata is my favourite opera, must have seen it at least a dozen times in different opera houses. Venera Gimedieva is one of the best if not the best Violetta I have ever heard. Lovely clear voice but depth and strength as well and excellent acting. Even if I know the music so well, already her duet with old Germont brought tears in my eyes and again in the last act. She is a real discovery for me and will try to follow her career. I also must comment on the actual production, so lovely to see a traditional setting with beautiful costumes and proper stage. Unlike the horrendous production we had the misfortune to see in Verona a few years ago. This was a really stunning evening and we are very lucky to be able to enjoy these live recorded productions, thank you!!

  73. Anna de Rizzo responded on 8 February 2016 at 9:16am Reply

    Violetta had me enthralled. I cannot remember both hearing and seeing the part sung and acted so beautifully. She had it all. But the quality of the soft singing was incredible. I lived the life and death of Violetta. Thank you.

  74. Joe Johnson responded on 8 February 2016 at 9:41am Reply

    I have seen a few "Traviata's", none of them as good as this, It was breathtakingly good. Bravo !

  75. Jill Quaife responded on 8 February 2016 at 1:31pm Reply

    We saw the encore performance of La Traviata yesterday at the Yvonne Arnaud Theatre in Guildford and thought the singing and acting were stunning. I saw the production when it was new in 1994 which made Angela Gheorgiu's name and I should think this revival will do the same for Venera Gimadieva.

    There was one glitch at Guildford and that was that the picture kept breaking up into pixels and there was a break in sound, only for a few seconds it is true but it was very distracting and got worse as the opera went on until in the last act it was happening every few minutes and the audience became slightly restive.. We wondered if this was because it was an encore performance and not the live screening on Thursday.

    I also thought there was something odd about some of the camera work. There were times, especially in Act 2 Scene 1, when the whole action seemed to be taking place in a space about six feet deep despite the stage being enormous. There were also sudden odd angles which presumably was because it was being shot from either side and not straight down the middle as one would see it from most parts of the opera house. But perhaps it was only me!

    It was a wonderful performance which we thoroughly enjoyed.

    • Sarah Walsh (Cinema Account Coordinator) responded on 8 February 2016 at 3:55pm

      Dear Jill,

      Thank you for your comments and please accept my apologies for what happened during the encore screening yesterday. We were aware this morning of what happened in Guildford and are in touch with the cinema to find out what happened. We run two tests before each live relay and there is also time before each encore screening for the cinema to check their equipment and make sure everything's in working order so the fact that it was an encore screening you saw should not impact on the quality. Unfortunately, this time, it seems that something went amiss. Like I said, though, we'll get to the bottom of it and make sure things get rectified before the next screening.

      Kind regards,


  76. Patrick O'Donnell responded on 8 February 2016 at 4:26pm Reply

    We saw and heard Venera Gimedieva at Glyndebourne, the again recently at our local cinema. Overwhelming. A gorgeous soprano in every way, her acting especially in the last act was startlingly realistic. In the cinema you can see every action, follow the texts so easily. Quite brilliant.

  77. Val and David Maunder responded on 8 February 2016 at 6:10pm Reply

    We have enjoyed many versions of La Traviata over the years but this tops them all.
    Enjoyed the live screening so much we managed an encore as well!

  78. Philip Blain responded on 8 February 2016 at 10:13pm Reply

    This was the most moving, passionate production of La Traviata that I have ever seen and heard. The introductions and commentaries, too, were just right in length and content - and most illuminating. I do hope that a DVD of the full cinema production of this live performance, including extras, will be issued soon.

  79. Val Drew responded on 8 February 2016 at 10:27pm Reply

    It was an amazing show. Beautiful costumes and scenery, superb singing, great dance scenes and lots of emotion. My favorite opera sung to perfection. Thank you to all for a thoroughly enjoyable evening.

  80. linda ben-hamida responded on 9 February 2016 at 6:54am Reply

    Not enough accurate publicity for screening dates and times; now we are told that there shall be no more Royal Opera films showin here in Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada. Very disappointing. I saw Traviata tonight, just by luck, Feb. 8th, with only 10 people in the audience at this second showing. We need much better information and publicity such as the Met performances have. WONDERFUL EXPERIENCE TONIGHT---I love seeing the faces up close as we can really see their expressions.

    • Sarah Walsh (Cinema Account Coordinator) responded on 9 February 2016 at 10:10am

      Dear Linda,

      That's surprising as the information we have says that there will be screenings in Kelowna until the summer. I will look in to this with our international distributors now and come back to you asap.

      Best wishes,


  81. Sara Keene responded on 9 February 2016 at 12:35pm Reply

    Commenting late but a superb performance. The most emotionally involving Traviata I have ever seen. I was knocked out by picture and sound quality UNTIL we lost the picture shortly after Alfredo's arrival at the deathbed and didn't regain it till halfway through the curtain calls! Devastating timing - a tragedy happening on two levels! At Picturehouse Crouch End.

    • Sarah Walsh (Cinema Account Coordinator) responded on 9 February 2016 at 4:22pm

      Dear Sara,

      Thank you for getting in touch and I'm very sorry about what happened at Picturehouse Crouch End. Their head office are currently looking in to the matter and if it turns out to be a technical fault (which we expect is the case) then it will be rectified by our next screening.

      Kind regards,


  82. mariah responded on 10 February 2016 at 3:06pm Reply

    I enjoyed so much this live streaming and i have to say that the cast was superb.A passionate,fragile and sweet Violetta. Once full of you and then in tears.Salsi's father performance was wonderful ,one of the best i have ever seen as father Germont! The greatest of the night for me has been Alfredo! Saimir Pirgu is known now in all over the world for his italian lyric and warm voice too.He is handsome, stylish and charming. Definitely makes you fall for him! What do you want more from La Traviata?! Big bravo to ROH!!

  83. Andrew responded on 10 February 2016 at 6:52pm Reply

    I watched this production in Paris and i felt amazed.The couple Pirgu and Gimadieva are the perfect match! They follow each other vocally and artistically very well.I want to know if this production will be broadcast even in USA cinemas? I would love to hear once again this beautiful couple! The best is to release a DVD for all opera lovers! Thank you Royal Opera for the pleasure you always give us!

  84. Fanny Harrison-Banfield responded on 10 February 2016 at 9:21pm Reply

    Absolutely fantastic ..... Richard Ayre is a genius...... And Venera Gimedieva as Violetta interpreted his vision to perfection. Her stunning voice and emotive acting, moving between joy and pain with such conviction was an experience we shall never forget. Especially with the closeness of the camera, we held on to her every breath........ How can I follow her career in opera?

    Thank you so much Royal Opera House for for this wonderful service at our local cinema in Pouzauges, France. We have had no technical problems and ....... We get wine and crepes in the intervals! xxx

  85. Andre Visser responded on 13 February 2016 at 9:53am Reply

    Many thanks for this extraordinary performance. Venera Gimadieva was just fantastic. Is a DVD planned to be released and when will we be able to buy it ?

  86. Valerie Curry responded on 17 February 2016 at 4:38pm Reply

    My very favourite opera and although I have seen it many times this version is the best ever by some way . Didn't want it to end .The acting and voices stunning . I will see it again if the opportunity arises and hope to buy a DVD if it becomes available .No problems with sound or picture at the Connaught in sunny Worthing .

  87. Gigi T responded on 18 February 2016 at 9:00pm Reply

    Brilliant production of course, Violetta and older Germont were outstanding. Have got tickets for most of 'cinema live' opera/ballet for this year. The manager at Bluewater cinema Kent deserves a special mention. He meets and greets everyone and recognises many of the regulars and is enthusiastic about the Arts, so it's a very friendly atmosphere and almost always full.
    When will the new 'live cinema' season 2016-7 be published? The screening idea is wonderful and very popular and tickets go fast!

    • Sarah Walsh (Cinema Account Coordinator) responded on 19 February 2016 at 10:38am

      Dear Gigi,

      Thank you for your kind words! We're delighted to hear about the manager at Bluewater and have sent on our thanks to him. It will be a couple more months until the new cinema season is announced and tickets go on sale so please keep an eye on the website for updates.

      Kind regards,


  88. Jeanne Steinhardt responded on 7 March 2016 at 4:32pm Reply

    The very best production I have seen, it was just wonderful. Will there be a DVD or Blu-Ray of it made available?

  89. Mark Bush responded on 10 March 2016 at 2:32am Reply

    Aloha, We had a wonderful time at the Kahala 8 in Hawaii. The cast was amazing and Venera Gimadieva's Violetta was superb! I so wanted to stop Giorgio from hurting her and leave those two kids alone!
    One thing... A movie theater is not a theatre. Although it has a lobby, they do not serve wine. We found the two 20+ intermissions made the experience a little too long (especially on a school night) We figured that the performance wasn't a live broadcast because the performance would have been at 0500 in London. Is there a way to eliminate the intermissions, for the broadcast of course
    Mark and Martine

    • Sarah Walsh (Cinema Account Coordinator) responded on 10 March 2016 at 2:27pm

      Dear Mark and Martine,

      I'm so glad you enjoyed the relay of La Traviata! With our broadcasts, live and otherwise, we try our utmost to give a real sense of occasion and to try to give the cinema audience a sense of what those at the ROH are experiencing, hence the inclusion of intervals even for non-live broadcasts. I appreciate your comments though and will share with the team here.

      Kind regards,


  90. Chris Cornell responded on 7 April 2016 at 6:12pm Reply

    What a wonderful opera so very moving I was transfixed.
    In response to the last comment we are lucky to go to a very small cinema & they serve wine + various other drinks & things to eat but luckily no popcorn !!

  91. Dana P responded on 9 February 2017 at 11:25pm Reply

    I really loved this performance last year. Is there the record of this available? I only found La traviata with the great Venera Gimadieva from 2014. I would really love DVD of this one from February 2016

    • Rose Slavin (Former Assistant Content Producer) responded on 10 February 2017 at 10:42am

      Hi Dana,
      I'm so pleased to hear you enjoyed the performance. Unfortunately, we have no present plans to release this performance on DVD. Do keep an eye on our website and social channels for further updates.
      All best wishes,

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