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  • Summary: Natalie Dessay prepares to take on the role of Violetta in this documentary about the staging of Verdi's masterwork at the Aix-en-Provence Festival in France.
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  1. Reviewed by: Sheri Linden
    May 23, 2013
    Zeroing in on the art of rehearsal, Becoming Traviata is an exquisitely observed look at performance and the creative process.
  2. Reviewed by: Alan Scherstuhl
    May 14, 2013
    A spare and ravishing doc.
  3. Reviewed by: Farran Smith Nehme
    May 16, 2013
    Philippe Béziat’s documentary focuses on how Sivadier and his Violetta, the French soprano Natalie Dessay, fuse acting with the music. It’s an incredible view of artists at work.
  4. Reviewed by: Jeffrey Gantz
    May 30, 2013
    Becoming Traviata might make you feel you’ve seen Verdi’s opera, or it might make you want to see it.
  5. Reviewed by: Kalvin Henely
    May 13, 2013
    It works as a reminder of the important interactiveness of the performing arts, of actors evoking the drama, action, and emotion that computers and machines cannot.
  6. Reviewed by: David Fear
    May 14, 2013
    Those unfamiliar with Verdi’s tragedy won’t understand why this production was significant, nor see much of the fruits of such hard work; those onstage may become La Traviata’s tragic characters, but it’s tough not to feel that we, the audience, leave only half-transformed.
  7. Reviewed by: Rachel Saltz
    May 14, 2013
    May not be fully satisfying as a documentary. But it has what any good movie needs: a star — the ever-game soprano Natalie Dessay.