Bizet: Carmen (Met DVD) – Agnes Baltsa, José Carreras

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Bizet: Carmen (Met DVD) – Agnes Baltsa, José Carreras

Composer: Georges Bizet
Artists: Agnes Baltsa, José Carreras, Leona Mitchell, Samuel Ramey, Myra Merritt, Diane Kesling, Vernon Hartman, Ara Berberian, Nico Castel, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Chorus & Ballet
Conductor: James Levine
Director: Franco Zeffirelli
Format: NTSC
Language: French
Subtitles: French, English, German, Italian, Spanish, Chinese
Region: All Regions
Number of Discs: 1
Studio: Deutsche Grammophon
DVD Release Date: December 12, 2000
Run Time: 172 mins

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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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