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  • Actors: Anne Sofie von Otter, Marcus Haddock, Laurent Naouri, Lisa Milne, Mary Hegarty
  • Format: Box set, Classical, Colour, DTS Surround Sound, DVD-Video, Widescreen, PAL
  • Language: French
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: Opus Arte
  • DVD Release Date: 12 Feb. 2003
  • Run Time: 220 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars 11 customer reviews
  • ASIN: B000089AS2
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 131,067 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)
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David McVicar's exuberant 2003 Glyndebourne production of Bizet's Carmen, starring Anne Sofie von Otter in the title role. Philippe Jordan conducts the London Philharmonic Orchestra and the Glyndebourne Chorus. The cast includes Marcus Haddock, Laurent Naouri and Lisa Milne.

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All too often Bizet's great comic opera Carmen has been pared down to its basic bodice-ripping components, leaving its adored melodies with only torrid clichés to cling on to. Nothing of the sort happens here. David McVicar's 2002 production for Glyndebourne restores it to its rightful place as a stupendous musical entertainment. Bold, lusty, tightly directed and designed in sanguine shades of red and black, this Carmen spills and bustles across the stage and out of the screen like a living painting.

At first glance, Anne Sofie von Otter is not an obvious choice for the title role, but just look at how she seizes and inhabits the character, wrenching her from the jaws of dark, sultry stereotype and rendering a complex modern woman. Her Carmen both revels in and is tormented by the ripe sexuality that fascinates her lovers and sets her apart from the other women. Von Otter's interpretation suggests it has its roots in a hinterland of wretched, bitter experience; the "Habanera", the "Gypsy Song" and the "Seguidilla" become multi-layered expressions of hope and desire: we never forget that for all its gusto, Carmen ends up a tragedy. And the men aren't ciphers. Laurent Naouri's proud Escamillo and Marcus Haddock's immature, damaged Don José are rounded, richly sung characters. So too, is Lisa Milne's touching Micaëla. All told, this Carmen is full-length, fibrous and, with conductor Philippe Jordan at the helm, a triumph.

On the DVD: Carmen is spread over two discs, presented in anamorphic widescreen format that opens up the stage and capitalises on some refreshingly brisk camerawork. The sound quality (Digital Surround sound) is finely balanced. A rich set of extras includes fascinating short documentaries on various aspects of the production, from stage fights to characterisation and costume design. There's also a useful spoken synopsis and a stroll through the famous Glyndebourne Gardens. --Piers Ford


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