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Carmen (The Metropolitan Opera)
     

Carmen (The Metropolitan Opera)

3.7 4
Director: Brian Large

Cast: Agnes Baltsa, Jose Carreras, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra

 
Legendary tenor José Carreras stars in this production of Bizet's best known opera, staged by New York's Metropolitan Opera Company and brought to DVD in a well-executed presentation. Carmen has been transferred to disc in the full-frame aspect ratio of 1.33:1, and the audio has been mastered in Dolby Digital Stereo. The opera is performed in Italian with

Overview

Legendary tenor José Carreras stars in this production of Bizet's best known opera, staged by New York's Metropolitan Opera Company and brought to DVD in a well-executed presentation. Carmen has been transferred to disc in the full-frame aspect ratio of 1.33:1, and the audio has been mastered in Dolby Digital Stereo. The opera is performed in Italian with optional subtitles in French, English, German, and Chinese. No additional bonus materials have been included for this release.

Product Details

Release Date:
12/12/2000
UPC:
0044007300091
Original Release:
1988
Rating:
NR
Source:
Deutsche Grammophon
Region Code:
0
Sound:
[stereo]
Time:
2:52:00
Sales rank:
43,400

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Carmen (The Metropolitan Opera) 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This Carmen was well written and well performed. The actors acted their rolls well. I wwould recommend any opera fan to watch this DVD.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I hate to throw water on the other reviewer's fire, but I didn't find Baltsa to be sexy at all, and she's stone-faced through most of this. I also like her voice, though. Carreras is quite a bit better than her. Samuel Ramey glows as Escamillo. Subtitles are in 4 languages.