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Carmen (2 CD)
This complete live recording is taken from the Met's historic Saturday afternoon radio performances and is newly remastered from the original February 16, 1952, broadcast. This brand new multi-disc set represents its first official release on CD.
For a generation of opera lovers, Risë Stevens was the Carmen. Her husky, insinuating voice was the embodiment of BizetÍs gypsy temptress. The performance features Richard Tucker as Don José in the production by the great theatrical director Tyrone Guthrie and the legendary Fritz Reiner conducting.
Composer: Georges Bizet
Release Date: 11/01/11
Conductor: Fritz Reiner
Orchestra: Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
Ensemble: Metropolitan Opera Chorus
Label: Sony Classical
What the critics are saying:
"Stevens's Carmen is a complete performance...Each moment and subtle inflection feels alert, live and responsive....this [Carmen] captures her in perhaps her best vocal form."
"The true vocal glory of this set is the amazing Don Jose of Richard Tucker...his singing here is stunning."
One of the most popular operas of all time, Georges Bizet’s Carmen (1875) tells the story of a beautiful and passionate gypsy whose love affair with an officer ends in tragedy. The score boasts several of opera’s greatest hits, including Carmen’s Habanera and the Toreador Song.
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