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Bizet: Carmen / Piollet, Uria-Monzon, Alagna, Schrott, Poplavskaya [Blu-Ray]

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" Interational 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

Musically, the production is excellent. BTatrice Uria-Monzon is a smart... Roberto Alagna is in excellent voice, too, offering honeyed tones that never disguise his passion or his potential for violence... Erwin Schrott is an impressively self-confident Escamillo... The other roles are well handled - and Marc Piollet and the orchestra provide a high-contrast palette, with plenty of detail and vitality. Sound is first-rate, as is clarity of the picture; and the patient and luxurious camerawork avoids the hyperactivity that mars so many opera videos these days. All in all, then, a very good Carmen...

Classical Net
this is a Carmen with a superstar cast in a production from one of the world's leading opera houses. Make no mistake about it then, this is a major event, not least because the singing and dramatic skills of the cast are stellar in every sense. But some viewers will find the updated treatment of the opera aggressively modern, both in its barren sets and costuming... the performances by the cast are excellent. Uria-Monzon is a superb Carmen: try her thrilling and sexy Habanera, or her dark and intense En vain, pour Tviterles rTponses ameres, from Act 3. Alagna... is also splendid. His La fleur tu m'avais jetTe, from Act 2, is beautifully sung, as are his other arias and duets. Marina Poplavskaya is a splendid Micaela: try, as just one example, her powerfully moving Je dis que rien ne m'Tpouvante, from Act 3. Erwin Schrott is also excellent as Escamillo, and the rest of the cast shows no weaknesses anywhere.

this newest BD version has some interesting concepts ...

MusicWeb International
This is a superb Carmen ... It is beautifully filmed and very well recorded in surround with proper perspectives.

Notes & Reviews:

Run Time: 156 min.
Region: All
Picture Format: Blu-Ray, 16:9, Color
Sound Format(s): LPCM Stereo, DTS HD Master Audio 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