Carmen is one of the few indisputable masterpieces of its time to be composed for a small theater and Glyndebourne provides a heaven-sent backdrop for this sizzling Peter Hall production.
Carmen, the famous Spanish gypsy portrayed by Maria Ewing, is matched with the sentimental Don José of Barry McCauley.
Bizet's famous score includes such favorites as The Habanera, The Flower Song, The Toreador's Song and perhaps the most famous overture of all opera.
"Bizet's score sounds miraculous in this theatre." - Financial Times
"The London Philharmonic under Bernard Haitink is honoring every treasurable detail of Bizet's enchanting score." - International Herald Tribune
"Maria Ewing is an electircally vivid Carmen" - Sunday Telegraph
"Peter Hall has produced a setting that is based upon the original setting in Spain in the middle of the 19th century; the production is to be commended for its emphasis on realism and drama. The costumes look authentic and the production is well lit. Here it must be said that Marie Ewing is quite outstanding. The DVD is well presented and looks and sounds well." - Arthur Baker, Music Web International
Maria Ewing Barry McCauley Marie McLaughlin David Holloway Malcolm Walker Xavier Depraz Elizabeth Collier Jean Rigby and others.
Director: Peter Hall
Composer: Georges Bizet Text by Henri Meilhac and Ludovic Halévy after Prosper Mérimée's novel
The London Philharmonic Conductor: Bernard Haitink
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