Recording information: The Metropolitan Opera, New York City (02/16/1952).
For a generation of opera-goers, Risė Stevens was the definitive Carmen; the mezzo-soprano appeared at the Met 124 times in the role. "Deft and assured" according to The New York Times, her beguiling, smoky voice enticed listeners into Carmens sensual world, where gypsies smuggled contraband, then danced with soldiers and flirted with matadors. Star tenor Richard Tucker gives an emotionally and musically thrilling performance as Don José, the man Carmen ruins. Nadine Conner sings Micaėla and Paolo Silveri is Escamillo in this broadcast, which captures the excitement of the then-new production by the great theatrical director Tyrone Guthrie. The Met Opera Orchestra and Chorus are conducted with electric tension under the baton of the legendary Hungarian conductor Fritz Reiner.
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Submitted on 10/15/11 by M. Katskee
Works DetailsBizet, Georges : Carmen, opera
- Conductor: Fritz Reiner
- Ensemble: Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
- Running Time: 87 min. 4 sec.
- Period Time: Romantic
- Written: 1873-1874