Bizet - Carmen (Blu-ray)
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Label: Naxos - Blu-ray
Cat No: NBD0127V
Number of Discs: 1
Release Date: 14th May 2021
ArtistsAnna Caterina Antonacci (soprano)
Anne-Catherine Gillet (soprano)
Andrew Richards (tenor)
Nicolas Cavallier (bass-baritone)
Maitrise des Hauts-de-Seine
Orchestre Revolutionnaire et Romantique
ConductorJohn Eliot Gardiner
This DVD production is special in returning Carmen to its original home at the Opéra Comique in Paris, with the sounds of the orchestra of its day reproduced in the excellent Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique conducted by period music specialist Sir John Eliot Gardiner. Produced to the highest standards, the film was a co-production with French television directed by François Roussillon, who has also directed numerous Naxos DVD opera productions.
This production was acclaimed in Europe and beyond.
‘Anna Caterina Antonacci dominates the cast entirely – less carnivorous and more complex than on Covent Garden’s DVD, singing with a lighter, more nuanced touch. Andrew Richards’ José, initially pallid and unromantic, warms up impressively but remains the lesser figure, as does Nicolas Cavalier’s soft-centred Escamillo, despite his native French. Anne-Catherine Gillet, though, makes an idiomatic Micaëla, and the Francophone gypsy girls and smugglers gain a zip which the British-cast lesser roles lack’ – Classical-Music.com
‘Conductor John Eliot Gardiner brings along his polished Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique to play on instruments which recreate the lost sound of the 19th-century orchestra. His Monteverdi Choir, with a discipline and artistic commitment not found in Parisian opera choruses, also showed a real sense of the theatre.’ – Operatoday.com
- Carmen: Anna Caterina Antonacci
- Don José: Andrew Richards
- Micaëla: Anne-Catherine Gillet
- Escamillo: Nicolas Cavallier
- Frasquita: Virginie Pochon
- Mercédès: Annie Gill
- Zuniga: Matthew Brook
- Moralès: Riccardo Novaro
- Le Dancaïre: Françis Dudziak
- Le Remendado: Vincent Ordonneau
- Lillas Pastia: Simon Davies
Sound format: PCM stereo and DTS-MA 5.0
Subtitles: French, English, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean
Region code: A, B, C
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