Bizet: Carmen (Blu-Ray) – Christine Rice, Bryan Hymel

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Bizet: Carmen (Blu-Ray) – Christine Rice, Bryan Hymel

Composer: Georges Bizet
Artists: Christine Rice, Bryan Hymel, Aris Argiris, Maija Kovalevska, Nicolas Courjal, Dawid Kimberg, Elena Xanthoudakis, Paula Murrihy, Children of Trinity Boys Choir, Tiffin Girls’ Choir, Royal Opera Chorus, Orchestra of the Royal Opera House
Conductor: Constantinos Carydis
Directors: Francesca Zambello, Duncan MacFarland
Format: NTSC
Language: French
Subtitles: English, French, German, Japanese, Korean
Number of Discs: 1
Region: All Regions
Studio: Opus Arte
Blu-Ray Release Date: March 25, 2016
Run Time: 155 minutes

Arguably the world’s most popular opera, at the center of this musical drama is the fiery Carmen, whose love is as fleeting as it is passionate. Carmen has a devastating effect on the men she ensnares, and as the opera begins, she initiates an intense love affair with army corporal Don José. Later, when she abandons him for her new conquest, the bullfighter Escamillo, Don José’s jealousy turns to rage. This time, Carmen has pushed one suitor too far for her own good.

In this characteristically vivid and vibrant stage production by Francesca Zambello, Seville is brought to life with ranks of soldiers, crowds of peasants, bullfighters - as well as a magnificent horse, a donkey and even some chickens! Featuring the indomitable Bryan Hymel as Don José and Christine Rice in the title role, this compelling production of Bizet’s masterpiece has everything from intimate solos to rousing choruses, making it truly a musical event to remember.



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History

Carmen

World premiere: 1887.

Georges Bizet’s original Carmen, takes place in and around Seville, Spain and tells of the downfall of a soldier, Don José, seduced by the wiles of the fiery 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.

On January 9, 1884, Carmen premiered at the Metropolitan Opera. Thereafter it was quickly incorporated into the Met's regular repertory staging Carmen well-over a thousand times.  The Met Opera’s 2023-2024 Season debuts a vital new production of Carmen, reinvigorating the classic story with a staging that moves the action to the modern day and finds at the heart of the drama issues that could not be more relevant today: gendered violence, abusive labor structures, and the desire to break through societal boundaries.

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.

 

 

 

 

 

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