Fine production of THE french opera
TheLittleSongbird from United Kingdom
5 July 2011
I love opera, I love Carmen. Like I say in the review title, Carmen for
me is THE french opera, the music is amazing, the title character is so
vivid she lives long in the memory and the story is compelling right up
to the final scene.
While I do prefer the 1984 film, which is my personal favourite Carmen,
this 1980 production is very fine. The picture quality is a little
blurry at times, however the costumes and sets are of authentic quality
and the sound is great in all the major arias.
The orchestra get the authentic Spanish feel of the score perfectly,
and the conducting is as solid as can be. There are some great
performances as well. Teresa Berganza is a scintillating Carmen, her
voice is luscious and of considerable power, and she manages to be
flirtatious and seductive as she should be. I still think Don Jose is
one of Placido Domingo's best roles and this production does nothing to
change that, his voice is effortless and full of emotion and man can
this man act. Katia Ricciarelli is heart-breaking as Michaela while the
wonderful Ruggero Raimondi is a superb Escamillo with his rendition of
the Toreador Song one of the best renditions there is along with those
of Jose Vam Dam, Samuel Ramey and Lawrence Tibbett.
Overall, this is a fine Carmen and worth the watch. 9/10 Bethany Cox
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