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Monday, January 18, 2010

Bizet's Carmen--The Met: Live in HD-January 16, 2010

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Carmen and Don José in the last scene just before the tragic ending


Regardless how many times I have seen Carmen, this production from the beginning to the end is so extraordinary it provided a new experience for me. The acclaimed English director Richard Eyre's dramatic new production, the orchestra under the leadership of Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Elīna Garanča as Carmen, Roberto Alagna as the obsessed Don José and Barbara Frittoli as Michaëla are all incredibly outstanding. The performance is so riveting, mesmerizing that even the tragic ending was realistic and believable.

Roberto Alagna, the highly regarded French tenor of Italian descent, said of Elīna Garanča, who sings Carmen, "She is amazing. I think she is the most complete Carmen I have ever seen...... There is an electricity between Garanča and me; we have a beautiful connection. Elina has a noble attitude which makes her attractive – you are obliged to be in love with her, and [her] voice is like honey and gold."......."She is very magnetic; we have great chemistry on stage."

I found Latvian mezzo-soprano Elīna Garanča vibrant, sensuous, feisty, sexy, defiant, sultry, confident...all the while singing gloriously. Elīna Garanča has staked a claim on the role of Carmen for years to come.



Elīna Garanča sings Habanera (L'amour est un oiseau rebelle) at the Met - January 2010.

George Bizet - CARMEN

Carmen...................Elīna Garanča
Don José.................Roberto Alagna
Micaëla...................Barbara Frittoli
Escamillo.................Mariusz Kwiecien
Conductor................Yannick Nézet-Séguin

Elīna Garanča and Robert Alagna sing C'est toi! C'est moi! from Act IV.
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For the review of the Met's performance by the highly respected Anthony Tommasini of The New York Times, Click here:

Roberto Alagna sings Parla piú piano from The Godfather theme:
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