La Traviata As Ballet Stumbles

Verdi’s genius betrayed
[Daily Telegraph, 15 Feb 05]
Ismene Brown reviews La traviata by the Northern Ballet Theatre at the Grand Theatre, Leeds
This is the way the art of ballet will end, with a sentimental whimper, an easy tear in its eye, and not a squeak of true life as theatrical dance. If the novelisation of successful movies is thought a pretty bogus form of literature, how much worse is a balletisation of an opera masterpiece such as Verdi’s La traviata.
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