Ewing and company will seduce you in this marvelous Covent Garden production!
The nuanced, passionate portrayal by the lithe Maria Ewing of the
tempestuous, teasing and seductive gypsy girl, Carmen, makes this
an enjoyable treat! Barefoot for most of the play, with the occasional
insouciant cigarette between her lips or her fingers, Ewing successfully
brings her character to vivid life. Luis Lima's Don Jose is one heck of a
troubled, perplexed and ultimately, desperate lover. Nuria Espert's
tone-perfect direction, Gerardo Vera's imposing and realistic sets, Franca
Squarciapino's lovely and tasteful costumes, Barrie Gavin's astute camera
work and editing, together with Bizet's beautiful music and the cast's
compelling vocal and dramatic performances all contribute to this live
recording's supremacy over any other filmed version.
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