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Henri Meilhac (libretto) and
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April 1991 (UK) See more »
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Directed by
Barrie Gavin 
Writing credits
Henri Meilhac (libretto) and
Ludovic Halévy (libretto)

Prosper Mérimée (after)

Produced by
Dennis Marks .... executive producer
Stephany Marks .... associate producer
Film Editing by
Dennis Collett (videotape editor)
Production Design by
Gerardo Vera 
Costume Design by
Franca Squarciapino 
Production Management
Jane Tanner .... unit manager
Sound Department
Graham Haines .... sound supervisor
Nicholas Hall .... fight director
Camera and Electrical Department
Bruno Boyer .... stage lighting
John Charlton .... stage lighting: assistant
John Hawes .... camera supervisor
Roger Pearce .... vision control
Alan Woolford .... television lighting
Catherine Ashmore .... still photographer (uncredited)
Editorial Department
Priscilla Hoadley .... vision mixer
John Makin .... assistant editor
Music Department
Anna Antoszkiewicz .... music associate
Georges Bizet .... music by
John Brown .... leader: The Orchestra of the Royal Opera House
John Evans .... music producer
Bernard Haitink .... musical director: Royal Opera House
Zubin Mehta .... conductor
Christopher Middleton .... musical preparation: For the Royal Opera House
Mark Packwood .... musical preparation: For the Royal Opera House
Robin Stapleton .... chorus director: The Royal Opera Chorus
Barry Wordsworth .... musical preparation: For the Royal Opera House
Paul Wynne Griffiths .... musical preparation: For the Royal Opera House
Other crew
Deirdre Allee .... production assistant
Stella Chitty .... general stage manager: For the Royal Opera House
Bob Clarkson .... stage manager: O.B.
Thomas de Mallet Burgess .... assistant to stage director: For the Royal Opera House
Núria Espert .... directed for the stage by
Paul Findlay .... opera director: For the Royal Opera House
Stuart Hopps .... movement director
Cristina Hoyos .... choreography: Flamenco
Jeremy Isaacs .... general director: Royal Opera House
Peter Mario Katona .... artistic administrator: For the Royal Opera House
Barry Luckhurst .... engineering manager
David Mazzarella .... assistant to stage director: For the Royal Opera House
Kenneth Richardson .... general manager: For the Royal Opera House
Pamela Stirling .... french language coach: For the Royal Opera House
Jeremy Sutcliffe .... assistant to stage director: For the Royal Opera House
Ian Trow .... technical manager: For the Royal Opera House
Crew believed to be complete

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Also Known As:
"Georges Bizet's Carmen" - USA (DVD title)
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162 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »

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3 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
Bizet finally cracks it, 17 January 2005
Author: Gyran from Birmingham, England

Maria Ewing has starred in at least three versions of Bizet's Carmen. Her 1985 performance, from Glyndebourne, was what originally turned me on to opera. To be honest, it turned me on to Maria Ewing and, through her, to opera. The irony is that I cannot stand this opera any more. I am not even sure if I would call it an opera; it is much more like a Hollywood musical. Bizet's influence seems to have been felt much more by composers and librettists such as Gershwin, Bernstein and Hammerstein rather than 20th century opera composers.

Carmen has certainly been good to Maria Ewing. In this 1989 production from Covent Garden she combines sensuousness and volatility in a way that is thrilling and frightening. This production is to be preferred to the 1985 film because Luis Lima is a more effective Don Jose. Ewing and Lima are particularly effective together in the short, final act which is the only part of the opera that is through-composed without any spoken dialogue. It's as if Bizet was learning his craft and finally cracked how to do it in this final act. It's a pity he died three months later.

Ewing's 1999 version, filmed at London's Earl's Court, is a bit of a circus. Bizet purists will hate it because it uses Guiraud's recitatives instead of the spoken dialogue. To me, that is a big plus. The singers are miked in this performance; experienced on film, the sound is quite effective, with some of the ensemble singing coming over more clearly than in an acoustic performance.

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