This is a live DVD of a Metropolitan Opera production by Richard Eyre transmitted in January 2010. I saw a production at the Royal Opera House in October 2009. It was different, the producer was Francesca Zambello, but what the two performances had in common were Elina Garanca and Roberto Alagna - and that was what really mattered. These two are sensational. I believe that Garanca is one of the greatest Carmens that I have ever seen and she truly epitomises the character. Her acting is superb, at first a sexy, alluring provocative creature and then as the opera progresses, and she tires of Don Jose, showing a different, tough side to her character. And one gets the feeling that she knew that death was ahead of her even before she turns up the fateful cards. Vocally she is sheer perfection. I almost get the feeling that this was a role especially created for her (nonsense I know). I think that this is one of Alagna's greatest roles. He is a man, at first hopelessly entrapped by the allure of this beautiful woman, and so obsessed by her that he ruins his own life. Both his singing and his acting are outstanding. Just look at the two of them together in Act 4, outside the bull ring. This is acting and singing of the highest level, both hair raising and yet in the final moments quite moving as well. There are other pleasures too, notably Barbara Frittoli's heartfelt Micaela and the wonderful Met Opera Orchestra. But it is the two stars who dominate and make it a 'must' for anyone who loves this opera.