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Bizet: Carmen (Met Live in HD 2-DVD) – Elina Garanca, Roberto Alagna

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Bizet: Carmen (Met Live in HD 2-DVD) – Elina Garanca, Roberto Alagna

Composer: Georges Bizet
Artists: Elina Garanca, Roberto Alagna, Barbara Frittoli, Teddy Tahu Rhodes, Elizabeth Caballero, Sandra Piques Eddy, Trevor Scheunemann, Keith Miller, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Chorus & Ballet
Conductor: Yannick Nézet-Séguin
Director: Richard Eyre
Format: NTSC
Language: French
Subtitles: French, English, German, Spanish, Chinese
Region: All Regions
Number of Discs: 2
Studio: Deutsche Grammophon
DVD Release Date: September 21, 2010
Run Time: 167 minutes; plus 9 minutes bonus material

Richard Eyre’s stunning production of Bizet’s opera was the talk of the town when it was unveiled on New Year’s Eve 2009. Elina Garanca leads the cast as the iconic title character – a woman desired by every man but determined to remain true to herself. Roberto Alagna is Don José, the soldier who falls under her spell and sacrifices everything for her love, only to be cast aside when the toreador Escamillo (Teddy Tahu Rhodes) piques Carmen’s interest. With dances created by star choreographer Christopher Wheeldon and conducted by rising maestro Yannick Nézet-Séguin, this Carmen brings every aspect of Bizet’s tale to thrilling life, from its lighthearted beginning to its inevitably tragic climax.


History

Carmen

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Georges Bizet’s Carmen, which takes place in and around Seville, Spain tells of the downfall of a soldier, Don José, seduced by the wiles of the fiery gypsy, Carmen. José abandons his sweetheart and his military duties for Carmen, yet loses her love to the glamorous matador Escamillo, after which José kills her in a jealous rage.

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Among the best-known of all operatic arias are Carmen’s “Habanera” from Act 1, sung by the title character and the toreador’s song, “Votre toast” in Act 2, performed by the matador Escamillo.

On January 9, 1884, Carmen was given its first Metropolitan Opera performance. Thereafter it was quickly incorporated into the Met's regular repertory. By the beginning of its 2018/2019 season the Met had performed Carmen well-over a thousand times.

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Though the March 3rd,1875 world premiere at the Opéra Comique in Paris was a scandal, Carmen, soon became a triumphal success and has remained one of the most frequently staged operas in the world. Three months after its 33rd performance, Bizet died suddenly at the age of 37 never knowing how immensely popular Carmen would become.

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Very Enjoyable
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Very accessible and Enjoyable. Well acted as well as beautifully sung.

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Tamarack-Lover, August 2012