Carmen - Salzburg, 1967 (CD)

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Carmen - Salzburg, 1967 (CD)
Box Set
Grace Bumbry (Artist), Jon Vickers (Artist), Justino Diaz (Artist), Mirella Freni (Artist),  2 more  Format: Audio CD

"This music seems to me to be perfect,`` declared Friedrich Nietzsche. Here is a recording made far from the sterile world of the studio which palpably demonstrates how the master conductor, aided by a top-flight cast, brings the work to life on stage. Renewing acquaintance with Karajans Salzburg Festival Carmen from the 1960s might be described as a deja entendu experience of a very particular kind. The production opened the 1966 Salzburg Festival and took place against the background of the most tremendous expectations. Built to his own specifications, the Grosses Festspielhaus had been opened in 1960 and provided him with a space, both as a conductor and as a director, that offered him every opportunity to realize his personal vision of what might be termed decorative music theatre. This was a vision that Karajan may already have dreamt of as a young Kapellmeister in Ulm. Now, from a distance of fifty years, a live recording of the performance offers a chance to revisit that incredible night.

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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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