Bizet: Carmen (2-DVD) – Roberto Alagna, Béatrice Uria-Monzon

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Bizet: Carmen (2-DVD) – Roberto Alagna, Béatrice Uria-Monzon

Composer: Georges Bizet
Artists: Béatrice Uria-Monzon, Roberto Alagna, Marina Poplavskaya, Erwin Schrott, Eliana Bayón, Itxaro Mentxaca, Marc Canturri, Francisco Vas, Àlex Sanmartí, Josep Ribot, Symphony Orchestra and Chorus of the Gran Teatre del Liceu, Cor Vivaldi, Petits Cantors de Catalunya
Conductor: Marc Piollet
Director: Calixto Bieito
Format: NTSC
Language: French
Subtitles: French, English, German, Spanish, Catalan, Chinese, Korean
Dubbed: None
Region: All Regions
Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
Number of discs: 2
Studio: C Major Entertainment
DVD Release Date: May 27, 2016
Run Time: 156 minutes

In this prestigious production at the Gran Teatre del Liceu, world-famous and highly controversial stage director Calixto Bieito, admired for his raw and evocative stagings, touches upon sensitive issues such as racism, xenophobia and right-wing politics. Bieito conjures up a sensual and realistic atmosphere full of powerful symbolism. An outstanding quartet of vocal stars, led by a “splendid and sensual” (El Periódico) Béatrice Uria-Monzon in the title role, delivers one of the most exciting Carmens in recent years: Roberto Alagna as Don José, Erwin Schrott as Escamillo and Marina Poplavskya as Micaëla.

 



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History

Carmen

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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