Carmen (2 CD)

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This complete live recording is taken from the Met's historic Saturday afternoon radio performances and is newly remastered from the original February 16, 1952, broadcast. This brand new multi-disc set represents its first official release on CD.

For a generation of opera lovers, Risë Stevens was the Carmen. Her husky, insinuating voice was the embodiment of BizetÍs gypsy temptress. The performance features Richard Tucker as Don José in the production by the great theatrical director Tyrone Guthrie and the legendary Fritz Reiner conducting.

Composer: Georges Bizet
Release Date: 11/01/11
Conductor: Fritz Reiner

Risë Stevens
Richard Tucker

Orchestra: Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
Ensemble: Metropolitan Opera Chorus
Label: Sony Classical

What the critics are saying:

"Stevens's Carmen is a complete performance...Each moment and subtle inflection feels alert, live and responsive....this [Carmen] captures her in perhaps her best vocal form."

"The true vocal glory of this set is the amazing Don Jose of Richard Tucker...his singing here is stunning."                                                 

 (Opera News, March 2012)



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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