Bizet: Carmen (The Metropolitan Opera LIVE in HD)

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Product Details

  • Actors: Elina Garanca, Roberto Alagna, Barbara Frittoli, Teddy Tahu Rhodes, Yannick Nézet-Séguin
  • Directors: Richard Eyre, Gary Halvorson
  • Writers: Georges Bizet, Meilhac & Halevy
  • Producers: The Metropolitan Opera, Peter Gelb
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Classical, Color, NTSC, DTS Surround Sound
  • Language: French (DTS 5.1), French (PCM Stereo), Unknown (PCM Stereo)
  • Subtitles: German, English, French, Spanish
  • Dubbed: French
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: NR Not Rated
  • Studio: Deutsche Grammophon
  • DVD Release Date: September 21, 2010
  • Run Time: 167 minutes
  • ASIN: B003ELZL0Q
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Customer Reviews

Roberto Alagna is a perfect Don Jose

4 people found this helpful.
 on December 4, 2014
By RB Lizard
Carmen is a widely performed opera and as such, we expect a lot since we know it so well. This production by Richard Eyre is very realistic, creative and updated in a simple way without falling into the traditional and expected elements of what audience may think about the work. The famous Habanera is sung in the right context of the story and is a preamble on how realistic the production is. Elina Garanca in the title role is simply superb. Her voice has no comparison and her acting is so real one forgets she is even singing, and on top of that, her beauty makes her a true center of attention. Roberto Alagna is a perfect Don Jose. He is a tour de force on stage and really transforms himself into the naïve soldier turned mad-man. His voice is in great shape and the highlights of this production are the duets with Carmen in Act I and at the end, they are so intense one is at the edge of the seat! The rest of the cast is great, but my favorite was Barbara Frittoli as Michaela singing a beautiful “Je dis que rien ne m’épouvante.” Yannick Nézet-Séguin makes an outstanding MET debut at the podium, bringing an incredible read of the score and making the MET Orchestra and Chorus sounds as great as ever. Kudos to the MET Ballet for the great moments at Lillas Pastia’s Inn and the soloist dancers for such beautiful duets during the orchestra interludes.

A truly seductive Carmen. Not to be missed!

2 people found this helpful.
 on June 11, 2015
By Rachal
I saw this most excellent production Live in HD form the Metropolitan Opera at my local theater and was so riveted, I had to buy the DVD! I have seen many Carmens in the past but this is by far the finest production I have ever seen. Elina Garanca is an alluring and magnetically seductive Carmen and Roberto Alanga is a wonderful Don Jose. They both sounded amazing vocally and their acting was so real that I found myself holding my breath, especially in the final scene. The sexual tension between Carmen and Don Jose as well as Carmen and Zuniga adds a frisson. Barbara Frittoli as Michaela was suitably timid of voice and manner as the shy village girl Don Jose loved but shows some mettle when she pulls him away from Carmen in the end and Keith Miller was a virile and properly loathsome Zuniga and Teddy Tahu Rhodes as a last minute Escamillo acquitted himself admirably. In all I thought the performance of the entire cast was electric and the staging by Richard Eyre top notch and the Met Orchestra great. You can’t go wrong with this production.

As good as it gets

7 people found this helpful.
 on April 12, 2013
By An interested party
This is by far the best Carmen that I have ever seen! (I have seen Carmen in many of the best houses in the world over the last 40+ years and have played it in several professional opera companies). Garanca was amazing; vocally, musically, dramatically, and even as a dancer. She also looked beautiful. Alagna did a great job of portraying Don Jose’s deterioration into crime, obsession, madness and murder. Although Fritoli had intonation problems and a wobble, she made a good Micaela. Rhodes yelled his way through the matador role, but looked good and played the part well. All the small roles were great. The orchestra played beautifully and sensitively under Nezet-Seguin and the sets, lighting, costumes and direction were all excellent.

By waythe best Carmen ever (so far at least)

2 people found this helpful.
 on December 4, 2014
By Ihor G. Murashchyk
By waythe best Carmen ever (so far at least). I saw it at he Met on its opening night and honestly, before that I thought “Carmen” was a very long and boring opera that had only Habanera and Votre Tost. And I have seen it before a lot, including Austrian version with Domingo and Obraztsova.

BEST CARMEN EVER !

One person found this helpful.
 on May 1, 2016
By sacredwriter
A MUSICOLOGIST, I CONSIDER THIS THE BEST CARMEN EVER RECORDED. THERE IS NOT ENOUGH SPACE HERE TO OUTLINE THE EXCELLENCE SHARED ON THIS CD… FOR AUDIOPHILES AND CLASSIC MUSIC ENTHUSIASTS…. DON’T PASS IT UP. THE SOPRANO IS NEW, BUT SHE IS ABSOLUTELY SMOOTH AS SILK, TREMENDOUS POWER AND AN EXPRESSION RANGE THAT DAZZLES…

Bravo!

One person found this helpful.
 on August 4, 2015
By Jacqueline Cohen
As an opera lover, in my opinion, this is the best rendition of “Carmen” yet. Elina Garanca’s portrayal of the gypsy girl, Carmen, is the sexiest that I’ve ever seen. Watching her in the part, the viewer can see how the army officer would have been tempted to go against his training. Roberto Alagna is no slouch in the part of Don Jose. All the way through the show, I found myself muttering, “Bravo!” under my breath. This Metropolitan Opera production is magnificent!

Your Triumph , Carmen

One person found this helpful.
 on June 3, 2015
By Intellectual Couch Potato
This is the the absolute best Carmen ever. Elina Garanca as Carmen dominates the stage and poor Don Jose doesn’t stand a chance. Roberto Alagna sings wonderfully and acts so well that I felt sorry for him as he slowly fell under her spell; he showed how flattered and fascinated he was with Carmen. Her triumph is complete. It is creatively and efficiently staged which adds to the satisfaction of seeing it. We just had to have the DVD.

Great in every sense!!!

8 people found this helpful.
 on June 18, 2014
By Daniel G. Madigan
Buy this dvd right now if you love Carmen. I thought that Agnes Baltsa was great but Elina Garanca is the real Carmen for years to come. And Roberto Alagna’s Don Jose! Frightening, disturbing as we see amor fati take over the two of them. Garanca’s final tableau with Alagna is not to be missed. Look at the audience during the curtain calls..stupefied faces, shock, disbelief that these two could actually come out on stage! I saw this live in HD, and the audience gave the screen a standing ovation, and on DVD it has the same impact if you have good sound and CinemaScope…Elina Garnca is the star of opera today..she and Renee Fleming rule.

Opera at its best

2 people found this helpful.
 on January 9, 2015
By Amazon Customer
A superb presentation of a well-known opera. The singers were wonderful, telling a sad tale of a man’s life being ruined by falling in love with a sexy, sensual woman, who seduced him, and the ultimate consequences of their decisions.

A Great Version Of A Great Opera

One person found this helpful.
 on July 25, 2015
By Ben J Korgen
In the past forty years, I have witnessed many versions and fragments of Carmen. In my opinion, this version is the best of them all. The sets, costumes and background scenery were superb, the cast performances excellent with the male and female leads heroic in moving toward the final scene.

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