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Bizet: Carmen [Blu-ray] [2012]

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  • Format: Classical, DVD-Video, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: French, German, English, Spanish, Cantonese Chinese
  • Dubbed: English
  • Region: All Regions (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: Deutsche Grammophon
  • DVD Release Date: 7 May 2012
  • Run Time: 175 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0079IJ0R0
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 65,718 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

Product Description

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Yannick Nezet-Seguin conducts the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus for this 2009 production of Bizet's Carmen starring Elina Garanca and Roberto Alagna.

Review

Bieito´s muted Carmen brings a fresh vision. --Wall Street Journal

Roberto Alagna was on top form. --Opera

What really carries the drama is the performance of Roberto Alagna in glorious voice and looking as fit as a fiddle. ***** --Opera Now,Dec'11

Roberto Alagna has always had a certain Mad Max to his temperment that,combined with his Italinate lyric tenor,has made him one of the best Don Joses in the business. --Gramophone,Jan'12

Bieito undeniably draws committed and detailed performances from his distinguished principals, as well as those undertaking smaller roles… The conductor Marc Piollet offers clean and stylish musicianship and the Liceu players are bright-toned and light on their feet. --Opera, May'12 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Prequel: Amazon has correctly listed this review of Bizet's Carmen with Alagna but also wrongly under the flamenco Carmen by Gades
Unfortunately this sort of double listing is quite common as Amazon's listing software seems to get confused by similar titles.
Reviewers are unable to do anything about this so please be patient and scroll to the performance that you are interested in.
Thanks, Ian Giles.

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Now that this is finally also available on Blu-ray, many would rate this as the strongest contender for overall best buy especially as it pairs two of the finest singers available today in the key roles of Carmen and Don Jose.

Both Garança and Alagna naturally dominate this production, and as they comment in their brief interview between acts, they both feel that their earlier experience of working together on Carmen in London has enabled them to further develop their working relationship. The result is clear to see as there is an unusually high degree of dramatic tension created between them throughout this production.

In this performance Garança shows Carmen to be effectively focussed on her abilities to generate straightforward sexual desire in men she fancies and, as such, portrays a readily identifiable character type which will be fairly familiar. When apparently spurned she simply wishes to turn her attention to alternative options. This Carmen does not display the same level of inherent vindictiveness to be found in van Otter's Carmen at Glyndebourne or the violent unpleasantness portrayed by Antonacci at Covent Garden for example. This remains a very strong and believable portrayal of Carmen in its own right however and one that Garança clearly revels in.
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I watched this on sky arts, glad I never bought it or are likely to. By the way some of the reviews which speak of its excellence seem to be fir other production.
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The initial set is a phone box, soldiers march about singing about watching a crowd who are not there, while a chap in a loincloth runs round the stage and collapses from exhaustion. The singing and the voices are fine. The children mocking the soldiers are damp squibs. The chorus of cigarette girls dressed in the same overalls coats sing fine. Highlight is the soldiers vandalizing the telephone box. The soldiers are in modern uniforms, as is Alagna, who of course does sing well. Poplavskaya sings beautifully while dressed as a psychedelic tourist. Our heroine Uria-Monzon is a throaty mezzo, her voice does not gel with with me, but this is a matter of taste, even as a modern Carmen she is scarcely credible, but the lack of atmosphere from the spartan set does not help.
In act 2 Lillas Pastias bar is an open stage, a car arrives and Carmen and her friends get out and sing, a christmas tree and a deckchair are the props. When Carmen sings of the passionate dancing there is not any, but the orchestra are passionate enough. Escamillo arrives without entourage, but the soldiers chorus turns up. Erwen sings fine. Don Jose and Carmen having simulated sex does not exactly enhance the scene. Highlight the soldiers vandalise the car.
In the overture to act three a chap strips naked in front of a cut out of a bull, then runs off. Some cars arrive with luggage racks.Best bit Poplavskia aria. There is some visual improvment in this act but of doubtful relevance.
The prelude to the last act has the exciting spectacle of soldiers doubling as sceneshifters, they dismantle the bull.
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Prequel: Amazon has correctly listed this review of Gades Carmen (flamenco dance drama) under Gades but also wrongly under Bizet's Carmen with Alagna.
Unfortunately this sort of double listing is quite common as Amazon's listing software seems to get confused by similar titles.
Reviewers are unable to do anything about this so please be patient and scroll to the performance that you are interested in.
Thanks, Ian Giles.

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Carmen flamenco styled dance drama by Gades review

This is probably a good place to start investigating the work of Gades as it is such a well-known plot and well told by Bizet in his opera. However this example of the flamenco art combined with more traditional ballet skills as envisioned by Gades is able to extend the rawness of the emotional impact to an almost frightening degree.

Some background explaining how this fusion of ballet and flamenco came about may be of help at this stage: Gades, as a young man, studied classical dance as well as all the Spanish popular dance idioms. This dual interest and skill enabled him, uniquely, to fuse together the two art forms of ballet and flamenco. He believed that flamenco must also be shorn of all extraneous distractions in order to bring the essence of the dance to light. At this early stage he was also providing the choreography for classical ballet such as Bolero, Carmen and El Amor Brujo for companies such as La Scala. From 1981 he formed the collaboration with Carlos Saura, the film director, which resulted in some of his flamenco-based creations being filmed.
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