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Bizet: Carmen (Yannick Nezet-Seguin and Elina Garanca) [DVD]  [NTSC]
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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.
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John Eliot Gardiner is one of the most versatile conductors of our time. Acknowledged as a key figure in the early music revival, he is the founder and artistic director of the Monteverdi Choir, the English Baroque Soloists and the Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique. The extent of his repertoire is illustrated in over 250 recordings which have received numerous international awards. Over the years Gardiner has won more Gramophone awards than any other artist. Probably the most francophile of English conductors, John Eliot Gardiner returned to the Opéra Comique, Paris for a much aclaimed production of Carmen last year. On June 25th it was broadcast live to 50 theatres in France and Switzerland and also recorded for TV. This followed an exciting collaboration that began in December 2007 with Chabrier s Opera bouffe L'Etoile, which had opened the new theatre at Opera Comique in December 2007.See all Product Description
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(My solution is to post both reviews under the one heading - Gardiner-Antonacci first followed by Garanca at the Met. If you are reading this review in the wrong place please be patient - it is beyond my control but both are here! Thanks, Ian Giles)
1: Review of Carmen at the Opera Comique - Gardiner and Antonacci
This recording, made in 2009, is a very different proposition to the many alternative versions currently available and for many reasons as will follow. Essentially Gardiner has returned to one of the three available versions to get back as far as possible to Bizet's original intentions. As a result the performance, uniquely performed on instruments of Bizet's period, was put on in the theatre that Bizet wrote it for. That theatre adds its own special characteristics. In addition there is a great deal more dialogue in this version than the alternative new versions which also claim to have restored the dialogue and there is also a great deal more actual music. Admirers of Anna Antonacci will also have noticed that this is now her second performance on video disc and this performance differs from her previous version at Glyndebourne in many ways.Read more ›
Firstly Elina Garanca. She is the best Carmen for a while, not only because of her smooth beautiful voice transitioning effortlessly between the upper range and lower tones but because of the way she brings a fresh interpretation to the role of Carmen, seductive but with a cold edge, sexy but not over the top. I have to say Elina Garanca matches her performance in Donizetti: Anna Bolena [Blu-ray] [Region Free] here in Carmen.
Roberto Alagna sings the role of Don Jose reasonably well but is a step below Jonas Kaufmann Bizet: Carmen [Blu-ray]  who is the best Don Jose by a long way. Alagna does seem to have regained some of his voice since losing some weight easily reaching high B-flat in "La fleur que tu m'avais jetée," . In my opinion he has always been a good tenor but never a great tenor when compared to Kaufmann or Rolando Villazon (pre-throat issues) He was never as good as his wife Angela Gheorghiu and it is the same with Elina Garanca, he is just not quite up to her class. Physically he is believable and does act quite well. Overall he is acceptable.
Micaela is sung by Barbara Frittoli, while perfectly acceptable she is not as good as Norah Amsellem who sang Micaela in the Covent Garden production with Kaufman.Read more ›
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Bizet: Carmen starring Elina Garanca. This is one of the most popular operas in the world: I believe it is in fact the most popular. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Stephanie De Pue
It's not perfect, but how can you not love it? Garanca and Alagna give themselves completely to their roles, musically and dramatically, and are fully credible as Carmen and Jose. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Stanley Crowe
Garancha is surely one of the brightest stars in the opera firmament. Here she is on great vocal form and her characterisation is fantastic, simply dripping sexuality. Read morePublished on 16 Jun. 2014 by Mr. Christopher Harris
I read the other opinions of this particular DVD and I agree with the majority that this is one of the bestPublished on 18 Jan. 2014 by harrisal