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Bizet - Carmen [DVD]


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  • Actors: Gavin Taylor, Maria Ewing, Jacques Trussel, Alain Fondary, Miriam Gauci
  • Format: Classical, PAL
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: Quantum Leap
  • DVD Release Date: 7 Mar 2005
  • Run Time: 165 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004W4FS
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 103,359 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Georges Bizet's famous opera is performed live at London's Earl's Court, with Jacques Delacote conducting the National Philharmonic Orchestra and the Ambrosian Opera Chorus. Don José is a guard who begins an affair with the tempestuous Carmen (Maria Ewing). He is imprisoned and loses his job, then flees with her to the mountains. When the relationship starts to break down José refuses to acknowledge it, and will not leave even when he gets news that his mother is dying. Carmen meanwhile has taken up with the bullfighter Escamillo.

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Opera videos come essentially in two categories: films, such as the 1984 Carmen, directed by Francesco Rosi and starring Julia Migenes and Placido Domingo, and opera-house productions filmed for television, such as this 1991 Carmen from London's Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. Choosing between them is not easy. Musically, both are excellent. Domingo has more name recognition than Luis Lima, but Lima is vocally and visually a precise embodiment of Don José, the soldier seduced and betrayed by Carmen and finally driven to murder her. Maria Ewing's Carmen is a vivid, natural, and subtly nuanced portrayal. Leontina Vaduva is exactly right as the innocent country girl Micaela, and Gino Quilico swaggers convincingly through the role of the bullfighter Escamillo. Covent Garden's staging is a subtle triumph, and the musicianship under Mehta's direction is impeccable as ever. . --Joe McLellan, Amazon.com --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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37 of 41 people found the following review helpful By Edgar Sanilevich on 29 Sep 2002
Format: DVD
When looking for Carmen on DVD I read the reviews and picked this one because of the special staging ant the flamenco extra and I was not disappointed!
A grand-scale production with a large cast of 80,beautifully staged and with an extra 10 minutes flamenco dance.
Maria Ewing combines great singing with powerful acting.Her Carmen is vivid,sensual and full of passion.
The best Carmen I have seen.
If you want to "hear" the opera then you may find better versions on CD,but if you want to"see" the opera, this is the DVD to buy!
I liked the staging,the choreography and the acting.
I give it only 4 stars because of the supporting casting which is good but no more.
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28 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Colm Corcoran on 2 Aug 2002
Format: DVD
Maria Ewing performance in this stage production is second to none, as too is the supporting cast. The set, lighting and stage production are absorbing, so much so, it's nearly tactile. The soundtrack is, without being overly enthused, just brilliant in full HiFi. I fully recomment this production on DVD.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 10 Dec 2008
Format: DVD
Bizet - Carmen

This is Carmen writ large in a spectacular production at Earls Court, and brilliantly succeeds as such, extending Carmen to an audience that would not otherwise watch opera.

However this is not for dedicated opera lovers, the vast cast does nothing to add to the dramatic meaning of the work, (in fact it detracts). Sound was obviously a major challenge and although exciting feels manipulated and compressed (I was listening in stereo on AKG K240 Studio Professional headphones) and the voices (particularly the male singers) sound synthetic with a bright edge.

Maria Ewing is a superb Carmen, her first entrance and performance of the Habanera is electrifying, and I am frustrated that her performance is embedded in a setting that in every other respect is routine and leaves me cold.

However well worth watching for Maria Ewing who appears to revel in the occasion.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By MRAM on 13 Nov 2011
Format: DVD
(This Is not a review of the Glyndebourne production, I tried to get it removed but nothing happened.)

Bizet's Carmen is a French opera set in Seville, Spain. It tells the story of the fiery temptress Carmen (Maria Ewing), who seduces the corporal Don José (Jacques Trussel). He falls in love with her, causing him to end his relationship with his fiancee, Micaëla (Miriam Gauci). Due to José's growing obsession with her,Carmen leaves him for a bullfighter, Escamillo (Alain Fondary) and tragedy follows.

Maria Ewing is brilliant as Carmen, her deep rich mezzo voice creates a fiery effect on the audience, sounding stunning. Her wonderful acting skills also helped and combining this with her beautiful voice makes Ewing one of the best Carmen's I have seen and heard.

Soprano Miriam Gauci's performance was excellent. Her rendition of the aria, "Je dis que rien ne m'epouvante", was heart achingly beautiful and exquisite to hear.
However, tenor Jacques Trussel, was not in the same standard as the other main singers. His performance was adequate, good when singing more subtle arias, but was too rough when singing the bigger pieces. For his performance I have taken off one star.

The second star off is due to the quality of the DVD. In the last two acts the subtitles come on the screen a little bit after the words have been sung, but the main point is the singing and there is nothing wrong with the sound.

Performed in Earls Court, this production has sublime singing and fantastic performances from the Ewing and Gauci. If you prefer traditional set designs, this version may not be the one for you, as it is very simplistic. If you prefer grander sets and would like to see Ewing perform Carmen, then purchase the Glyndebourne DVD.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By S.D. on 6 Jan 2010
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Maria Ewing is mesmorising. I have never seen a more real interpretation of Carmen.
The direction really draws you into the life of the characters and the surroundings. Settings, costumes and of course the conducting is impeccable.
This production has to be seen and enjoyed. You are transported to another place which is what theatre is supposed to do.
Highly recommended.
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