Carmen (Dance Blu-ray

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Carmen (Dance Blu-ray

Artists: Bernard Haitnik, Concertgebouworkest, Nederlands Dans Theater
Directors: Hans Hulscher
Format: NTSC
Language: English
Number of discs: 1
Studio: Naxos of America, Inc.
DVD Release Date: September 30, 2016
Run Time: 61 minutes

This production of Jiri Kylian’s adaptation of Bizet’s Carmen is part of Arthaus Musik’s Elegance Series, which is a collection of ballet performances from the world’s best dance houses featuring the greatest choreographers and celebrating the legacy of legendary choreographer Marius Petipa. In addition to Kylian’s 2006 black and white film Car Men, this release also includes his solo Silent Cries and his ballet La Cathedrale Engloutie. Both Car Men and Silent Cries feature Jiri Kylian’s muse, Sabine Kupferberg. Each display a surreal aesthetic which is unique to Kylian’s choreography.


 

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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