It's a familiar story: Act 1, boy meets girl, goes to jail for her. Act 2, boy is out of jail, girl rewards him with special favors. Act 3, girl is bored already, moving on. Act 4, boy kills girl for ruining his life. We've all been there.

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Episode credited cast:
Trevor Scheunemann ...
Moralès, an officer
Barbara Frittoli ...
Micaëla, a peasant girl
Roberto Alagna ...
Don José, a corporal
Keith Miller ...
Zuniga, a captain
Elina Garanca ...
Carmen, a gypsy
Elizabeth Caballero ...
Frasquita
Sandra Piques Eddy ...
Mercédès
Teddy Tahu Rhodes ...
Escamillo, a toreador
Earle Patriarco ...
Le Dancaïre
Keith Jameson ...
Le Remendado
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It's a familiar story: Act 1, boy meets girl, goes to jail for her. Act 2, boy is out of jail, girl rewards him with special favors. Act 3, girl is bored already, moving on. Act 4, boy kills girl for ruining his life. We've all been there.

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Version of The Loves of Carmen (1948) See more »

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Strictly for the coach trade
7 October 2010 | by (Birmingham, England) – See all my reviews

This is a brand new production of Carmen but it is about as traditional as it is possible to be. Richard Eyre, the director, seems to have one eye on the coach parties for this, the world's most popular opera. Even within its own limited terms of reference it is a failure. It is under-directed by Eyre and there is no attention to detail.

The production is not helped by having Elina Garanca in the title role. The Latvian ice maiden makes an unlikely Carmen even in a curly brunette wig. She is just not sexy, even when she is extracting an orange from the depths of her ample bosom. I should say particularly when she is extracting an orange from the depths of her ample bosom.

On the positive side, Roberto Alagna is an effective Don Jose and Barbara Frittoli's diffident stage presence, for once, works in her favour in her role of Michaela. Teddy Tahu Rhodes does not impress as Escamillo although, apparently, he took the part at short notice.

Pehaps I should mention that Carmen is my least favourite opera. That does not mean that I never enjoy it. Read my review of the 2006 Berlin production to find out what can be done with this opera with just a little imagination.


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