Bizet: Carmen (DVD) – Anna Caterina Antonacci, Jonas Kaufmann

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Bizet: Carmen (DVD) – Anna Caterina Antonacci, Jonas Kaufmann

Composer: Georges Bizet
Artists: Anna Caterina Antonacci, Jonas Kaufmann, Ildebrando D’Arcangelo, Norah Amsellem, Chorus & Orchestra of the Royal Opera House
Conductor: Antonio Pappano
Director: Francesca Zambello
Format: NTSC
Language: French
Subtitles: English, French, German, Spanish, Chinese
Region: All Regions
Number of Discs: 1
Studio: Decca
DVD Release Date: November 18, 2008
Run Time: 152 minutes

With Anna Caterina Antonacci and Jonas Kaufmann bringing rare erotic intensity to the drama of Carmen and Don José, this Royal Opera production is a darkly passionate reading of one of the world’s favorite operas. Under the baton of Antonio Pappano, Bizet’s irresistible score drives the tragedy forward – powering a landmark staging of a musical masterpiece.



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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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