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Bizet: Carmen / Piollet, Uria-Monzon, Alagna, Schrott, Poplavskaya [2 DVD]

Album Summary

>Bizet, Georges : Carmen, opera
Performers Conductor Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

"Bieitos muted Carmen brings a fresh vision" Wall Street Journal. "... one of the few current interpreters that can cope with this most difficult tessitura is Erwin Schrott" International Herald Tribune. Calixto Biejto's staging of Carmen comes to us soaring high on the wings of excellent international reviews and features a superb cast including Roberto Alagna, Erwin Schrott, Marina Poplavskaya,and Béatrice Uria-Monzon.

"Roberto Alagna, Béatrice Uria-Monzon, Erwin Schrott and Marina Poplavskaya told the well-known story organically. Each of these singers has sung many a Carmen, but all jumped head-first into Bieito's concept of the opera as a contemporary and relevant tale of domestic violence, clash of cultures and the impossibility of freedom. Alagna inhabited Don José, a role that seems to have no secrets for him, with a commendable stage presence and a vibrant voice, which sounded stronger and younger than in his 2008 Radamès. "La fleur que tu m'avais jetée" grew to its climax like a beautiful poisonous flower. Alagna's Don José started killing his Carmen from the moment he first touched her. Uria-Monzon played Bizet's antiheroine as if there were no tomorrow. Her chemistry with both her suitors was palpable. Sometimes she struggled in the upper register, but her musical instincts are superior, and her lower notes served her well during the card scene and when she uttered her "L'amour" in response to the toreador's boast. There was no mistake then as to which of the three girls would grab the attention of the hero of the day. In his first appearance in Barcelona, Schrott shone as a young, virile Escamillo, a man absolutely sure of himself. His light baritone carried enough heft and personal color to make the toreadorsong sound fresh. Poplavskaya impersonated the stubborn ingenue Micaela — a pony-tailed hippie in this production — with conviction and beautiful, crystalline tone. Young French conductor Marc Piollet led the serviceable house orchestra in a fast-paced, well-crafted performance of the score, and the Liceu chorus — malleable actors and a potent musical body — did a great job, especially in Act IV." -Opera News

My Classical Notes
Béatrice Uria-Monzon is an excellent singer, and also a terrific actress, which brings a lot of reality to her role. I saw highlights of this opera, and it looked like an exciting and highly emotional performance... This prestigious 2011 production from the Gran Teatre del Liceu was staged by the world famous and highly controversial stage director Calixto Bieito, admired for his raw and evocative settings.

Notes & Reviews:

Run Time: 156 min.
Region: All
Picture Format: NTSC, 16:9, Color
Sound Format(s): LPCM Stereo, DTS 5.1
Subtitles: English, French, Spanish, Catalan, German, Italian, Korean, Chinese


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Works Details

>Bizet, Georges : Carmen, opera
  • Performers: Béatrice Uria-Monzon (Mezzo Soprano); Erwin Schrott (Bass); Marina Poplavskaya (Soprano); Roberto Alagna (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Marc Piollet
  • Ensemble: Gran Teatre del Liceu Symphony Orchestra
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1875