Carmen (Blu-ray) – The Royal Opera

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Carmen (Blu-ray) – The Royal Opera
Composer:  Georges Bizet
Release Date: November 18, 2008
Conductor:  Antonio Pappano
Director: Francesca Zambello
Artists:
Anna Caterina Antonacci
Jonas Kaufmann
Ildebrando D'Arcangelo
Norah Amsellem
Orchestra:  Royal Opera House
Label:  Decca
Format: AC-3, Classical, Color, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, Subtitled, Widescreen
Subtitles: Chinese, English, French, German, Spanish
Region: All Regions
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 if 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.
 

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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