In Becoming Traviata, the star’s a repetiteurmain
The arthouse movie on the making of an opera with Natalie Dessay had its debut at the London Film Festival last night.
When the camera was not electrified by Ms Dessay, it was trained on the rather self-satisfied director Jean-François Sivadier or on fairly trivial details of stage preparation. The eye strayed from its intended object. One saw that the London Symphony Orchestra needed to upgrade its warm-climate wardrobe. Louis Langrée, the conductor, managed simultaneous communication in French, Italian, English and music.
All very impressive,often riveting. The reviews have been kind, the box-office deadly. The film has grossed (I’m not sure the verb is appropriate here) $6,282 in the US.
For my companion and me, the most compelling scene showed the production repetiteur, a young Italian woman, giving an exposition to a young singer of the famous clarinet solo with such passion and knowledge that Verdi himself would have applauded.
The repetiteur is mentioned nowhere in the credits. Can anyone identify her? She ought to be working at one of the top houses.
See the film for yourselves when it’s released in the UK this winter, and watch out for that inspiring repetiteur.
UPDATE; Mutual friends identify her (with her permission) as Roberta Ferrari, working at La Fenice in Venice and at the Aix festival.