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Carmen (The Metropolitan Opera)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Baltsa Is the Best Carmen!

    I've seen and heard several different recordings of Carmen. I believe that Agnes Baltsa gives the greatest performance. For one, she is a true mezzo. I hate the sopranos who feel they can sing the mezzo Carmen just for kicks. NO! They can't! It's a role for a mezzo, and Baltsa is the best. The highlights? The ''Seguidilla'' is lots of fun, especially while Baltsa twirls around the rope that Carreras has conveniently loosened for her. The ''Chason Boheme'' at the beginning of Act II is also great, even if Baltsa seems to loose some vocal steam at the end of all her ''La la la''s. Act III, usually slow for me, was surprisingly fantastic in this production. The ''Card Trio'' and Micaela's aria are both great, and the showdown between Escamillo and Don Jose adds some nice tension. I recommend the whole of Act IV(or Scene 2 of Act III, depending on who you ask). The parade is fun, although there is a lot of standing around by the whole crowd, the very short, but highly lyrical duet between Escamillo and Carmen delights, and the final duet punctuates the tragedy perfectly. In all, it is a great ''Carmen''! The only drawback? The lighting is poor, especially in Act II and III. Lots of darkness and the sets can't really be made out. But the singing counteracts this. Other than this, I recommend this ''Carmen''. The conducting is great as well. Just the right speed for me. I hate when ''Carmen'' is conducted too slowly. Bizet didn't mean for it to be played slowly!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    I loved Carmen

    This Carmen was well written and well performed. The actors acted their rolls well. I wwould recommend any opera fan to watch this DVD.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    My Favorite Opera

    Maybe I don't know enough about opera, but I love this one. Not necessarily this production which I found to be very good. Samuel Ramey and Leona Mitchell were my favorites. Agnes Baltsa sounded very good and was animate, but did leave a little more passion to be desired. Jose was a good pathetic Don Jose.

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