Bizet: Carmen (2-CD + Blu-Ray Audio) – Teresa Berganza, Plácido Domingo

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Bizet: Carmen (2-CD + Blu-Ray Audio) – Teresa Berganza, Plácido Domingo

Composer: Georges Bizet
Artists: Teresa Berganza, Plácido Domingo, Ileana Cotrubas, Sherrill Milnes, Yvonne Kenny, Alicia Nafé, Robert Lloyd, George Main, Geoffrey Pogson, Gordon Sandison, The Ambrosian Singers, London Symphony Orchestra
Conductor: Claudio Abbado
Number of Discs: 3
Label: Deutsche Grammophon
CD Release Date: August 7, 2020

Claudio Abbado’s dramatic and vividly colored Carmen with the London Symphony Orchestra, Teresa Berganza, Plácido Domingo, Ileana Cotrubas, and Sherrill Milnes has been newly remastered and is presented in this capbox on Blu-Ray Audio in DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0, 5.1 Surround Sound plus two CDs produced from the new mastering.

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Georges Bizet’s Carmen, which takes place in and around Seville, Spain tells of the downfall of a soldier, Don José, seduced by the wiles of the fiery gypsy, Carmen. José abandons his sweetheart and his military duties for Carmen, yet loses her love to the glamorous matador Escamillo, after which José kills her in a jealous rage.

Among the best-known of all operatic arias are Carmen’s “Habanera” from Act 1, sung by the title character and the toreador’s song, “Votre toast” in Act 2, performed by the matador Escamillo.  

On January 9, 1884, Carmen was given its first Metropolitan Opera performance. Thereafter it was quickly incorporated into the Met's regular repertory. By the beginning of its 2018/2019 season the Met had performed Carmen well-over a thousand times.

Though the March 3rd,1875 world premiere at the Opéra Comique in Paris was a scandal, Carmen, soon became a triumphal success and has remained one of the most frequently staged operas in the world. Three months after its 33rd performance, Bizet died suddenly at the age of 37 never knowing how immensely popular Carmen would become.





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