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Song TitleArtist Time Price
listen  1. Carmen (1997 - Remaster): OuvertureOrchestre De L'Opéra National De Paris/Georges Prêtre 2:14$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Carmen (1997 Digital Remaster), Act 1: Sur La PlaceAndréa Guiot/Claude Calès/Choeurs René Duclos/Orchestre de l'Opéra National de Paris/Georges Prêtre 7:22$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Carmen (1997 Digital Remaster), Act 1: Avec La Garde MontanteNicolai Gedda/Claude Calès/Choeurs d'Enfants Jean Pesneaud/Orchestre de l'Opéra National de Paris/Georges Prêtre 3:53$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Carmen (1997 Digital Remaster), Act 1: C'est Bien Là, N'est-Ce Pas?Nicolai Gedda/Jacques Mars/Orchestre de l'Opéra National de Paris/Georges Prêtre 1:13$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Carmen (1997 Digital Remaster), Act 1: La Cloche A Sonné....Dans L'airChoeurs René Duclos/Choeurs d'Enfants Jean Pesneaud/Orchestre de l'Opéra National de Paris/Georges Prêtre 4:33$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Carmen (1997 Digital Remaster), Act 1: L'amour Est Un Oiseau Rebelle (Habanera)Maria Callas/Orchestre de l'Opéra National de Paris/Georges Prêtre 4:18$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Carmen (1997 Digital Remaster), Act 1: Carmen! Sur Tes PasMaria Callas/Nicolai Gedda/Choeurs René Duclos/Choeurs d'Enfants Jean Pesneaud/Orchestre de l'Opéra National de Paris/Georges Prêtre 1:27$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Carmen (1997 Digital Remaster), Act 1: Quels Regardes! Quelle Effronterie!Maria Callas/Nicolai Gedda/Orchestre De L'Opéra National De Paris/Georges Prêtre0:55$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Carmen (1997 Digital Remaster), Act 1: Duo: Parle-Moi De Ma Mère!Nicolai Gedda/Andréa Guiot/Orchestre de l'Opéra National de Paris/Georges Prêtre 8:56$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. Carmen (1997 Digital Remaster), Act 1: Reste Là, Maintenant, Pendant Que Je LiraiNicolai Gedda/Andréa Guiot/Orchestre de l'Opéra National de Paris/Georges Prêtre 1:31$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. Carmen (1997 Digital Remaster), Act 1: Que Se Passe-T-Il Donc Là-Bas?...Au Secours!Jacques Mars/Choeurs René Duclos/Orchestre de l'Opéra National de Paris/Georges Prêtre 3:00$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen12. Carmen (1997 Digital Remaster), Act 1: Mon Officier, C'était Une QuerelleMaria Callas/Nicolai Gedda/Jacques Mars/Orchestre de l'Opéra National de Paris/Georges Prêtre 3:44$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen13. Carmen (1997 Digital Remaster), Act 1: Séguidille: Près Des Ramparts De SévilleMaria Callas/Nicolai Gedda/Orchestre De L'Opéra National De Paris/Georges Prêtre 4:31$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen14. Carmen (1997 Digital Remaster), Act 1: Voici L'ordre; PartezMaria Callas/Jacques Mars/Orchestre de l'Opéra National de Paris/Georges Prêtre 1:59$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen15. Carmen (1997 - Remaster), Act I: Entr'acteOrchestre De L'Opéra National De Paris/Georges Prêtre 1:40$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen16. Carmen (1997 Digital Remaster), Act 2: Chanson Bohème: Les Tringles Des Sistres TintaientMaria Callas/Orchestre de l'Opéra National de Paris/Georges Prêtre 4:17$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen17. Carmen (1997 Digital Remaster), Act 2: Messieurs, Pastia Me DitMaria Callas/Nadine Sautereau/Jane Berbié/Jacques Mars/Orchestre de l'Opéra National de Paris/Georges Prêtre0:57$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen18. Carmen (1997 Digital Remaster), Act 2: Vivat! Vivat Le Toréro!Jacques Mars/Orchestre de l'Opéra National de Paris/Georges Prêtre 1:09$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen19. Carmen (1997 Digital Remaster), Act 2: Couplets Du Toréador; Votre Toast, Je Peux Vous Le RendreRobert Massard/Choeurs René Duclos/Orchestre de l'Opéra National de Paris/Georges Prêtre 4:48$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen20. Carmen (1997 Digital Remaster), Act 2: La Belle, Un MotMaria Callas/Robert Massard/Jacques Mars/Choeurs René Duclos/Orchestre de l'Opéra National de Paris/Georges Prêtre 1:33$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen21. Carmen (1997 Digital Remaster), Act 2: Eh Bien! Vite, Quelles Nouvelles?.....Nous Avons En Tête Un AffaireMaria Callas/Nadine Sautereau/Jane Berbié/Jean-Paul Vauquelin/Jacques Pruvost/Choeurs René Duclos/Orchestre de l'Opéra National de Paris/Georges Prêtre 4:47$0.99  Buy MP3 


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Song TitleArtist Time Price
listen  1. Carmen (1997 Digital Remaster), Act 2: Mais Qui Donc Attends-Tu?Maria Callas/Jean-Paul Vauquelin/Jacques Pruvost/Orchestre de l'Opéra National de Paris/Georges Prêtre0:26$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Carmen (1997 Digital Remaster), Act 2: Halte Là!Maria Callas/Nicolai Gedda/Nadine Sautereau/Jane Berbié/Jean-Paul Vauquelin/Jacques Pruvost/Orchestre de l'Opéra National de Paris/Georges Prêtre 1:32$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Carmen (1997 Digital Remaster), Act 2: Enfin C'est Toi!...Tout Doux, MonsieurMaria Callas/Nicolai Gedda/Orchestre De L'Opéra National De Paris/Georges Prêtre 5:51$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Carmen (1997 Digital Remaster), Act 2: Air De La Fleur: La Fleur Que Tu M'avais Jetée...Non,Tu Ne M'aimes PasMaria Callas/Nicolai Gedda/Orchestre De L'Opéra National De Paris/Georges Prêtre 7:48$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Carmen (1997 - Remaster), Act II: Holà Carmen!Maria Callas/Nicolai Gedda/Jean-Paul Vauquelin/Maurice Maievski/Jacques Mars/Orchestre de l'Opéra National de Paris/Georges Prêtre 4:55$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Carmen (1997 - Remaster), Act II: Entr'acteOrchestre De L'Opéra National De Paris/Georges Prêtre 2:59$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Carmen (1997 Digital Remaster), Act 3: Ecoute, Écoute, Compagnon, ÉcouteMaria Callas/Nicolai Gedda/Nadine Sautereau/Jane Berbié/Jean-Paul Vauquelin/Maurice Maievski/Choeurs René Duclos/Orchestre de l'Opéra National de Paris/Georges Prêtre 4:01$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Carmen (1997 Digital Remaster), Act 3: Reposons-Nous Une Heure Ici, Mes CamaradesMaria Callas/Nicolai Gedda/Jean-Paul Vauquelin/Orchestre de l'Opéra National de Paris/Georges Prêtre 2:15$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Carmen (1997 Digital Remaster), Act 3: Trio Des Cartes: Mêlons! Coupons!Maria Callas/Nadine Sautereau/Jane Berbié/Orchestre de l'Opéra National de Paris/Georges Prêtre 6:50$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. Carmen (1997 Digital Remaster), Act 3: Eh Bien?Maria Callas/Nadine Sautereau/Jean-Paul Vauquelin/Orchestre de l'Opéra National de Paris/Georges Prêtre0:37$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. Carmen (1997 Digital Remaster), Act 3: Quant Au Douanier, C'est Notre AffaireMaria Callas/Nadine Sautereau/Jane Berbié/Orchestre de l'Opéra National de Paris/Georges Prêtre 2:48$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen12. Carmen (1997 Digital Remaster), Act 3: C'est Des Contrebandiers....Air De Micaëla:Je Dis, Que Rien Ne M'épouvanteAndréa Guiot/Orchestre de l'Opéra National de Paris/Georges Prêtre 5:49$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen13. Carmen (1997 Digital Remaster), Act 3: Je Ne Me Trompe PasAndréa Guiot/Orchestre de l'Opéra National de Paris/Georges Prêtre0:28$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen14. Carmen (1997 Digital Remaster), Act 3: Quelques Lignes Plus BasMaria Callas/Nicolai Gedda/Andréa Guiot/Robert Massard/Nadine Sautereau/Jane Berbié/Jean-Paul Vauquelin/Jacques Pruvost/Choeurs René Duclos/Orchestre de l'Opéra National de Paris/Georges Prêtre11:29Album Only
listen15. Carmen (1997 - Remaster), Act III: Entr'acteOrchestre De L'Opéra National De Paris/Georges Prêtre 2:01$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen16. Carmen (1997 Digital Remaster), Act 4: A Deux Cuartos!Jacques Mars/Choeurs René Duclos/Choeurs d'Enfants Jean Pesneaud/Orchestre de l'Opéra National de Paris/Georges Prêtre 1:55$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen17. Carmen (1997 Digital Remaster), Act 4: Les Voici! Voici La Quadrille!Maria Callas/Robert Massard/Nadine Sautereau/Choeurs René Duclos/Choeurs d'Enfants Jean Pesneaud/Orchestre de l'Opéra National de Paris/Georges Prêtre 6:51$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen18. Carmen (1997 Digital Remaster), Act 4: C'est toi!...Viva! Viva! La Course Est Belle!Maria Callas/Nicolai Gedda/Choeurs René Duclos/Choeurs d'Enfants Jean Pesneaud/Orchestre de l'Opéra National de Paris/Georges Prêtre 8:44$0.99  Buy MP3 

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Product Details

  • Orchestra: Orchestre de Théâtre National de l'Opéra de Paris
  • Conductor: Georges Prêtre
  • Composer: Georges Bizet
  • Audio CD (August 19, 1997)
  • SPARS Code: ADD
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: EMI Classics
  • ASIN: B000002RXS
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (75 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,406 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Bizet: Carmen Maria Callas; Nicolai Gedda; Choeurs René Duclos; Robert Massard; Jane Berbié; Andrea Guiot; Claude Cales; Georges Bizet; Georges Prêtre and Orchestre de Théâtre National de l'Opéra de Paris

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This recording was made near the end of Maria Callas's career. It is a role she never sang onstage, but it suited her almost perfectly, and she gives a deep, compelling performance on this recording. The mezzo-soprano tessitura was comfortable for her voice, and the role did not call for a pretty sound. Nor did the recording studio require the kind of huge vocal power expected in an opera house. And furthermore, the character of a strong-willed, capricious, sexually compelling woman who thinks exclusively of herself was close to the offstage personality that made Callas so famous. --Joe McLellan

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This dark, seductive voice is perfect for the sexy gypsy.
Tooske van Vaarlen
This was my first exposure to the full and complete opera Carmen, and after listening to numerous Carmens it is still my very favorite.
Brinton
The 1964 Callas "Carmen" may be the world's most famous opera recording.
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102 of 104 people found the following review helpful By smarmer on March 28, 1999
Format: Audio CD
There are several great versions of Carmen. Others include de los Angeles and Beecham, Maazel with Domingo and Maginnes, and even the old recording with Fritz Reiner has something to recommend it. However, this recording has to be on the top of any list.
The role fits Callas to a T. Pretre does a wonderful job conducting, and Gedda is excellent. But it is Callas' ability to get into the skin of the character and radiate Carmen's sexuality and unpredictability, as well as her despair and desparation, that makes this version special.
So if you want to own just one version, and you must have the finest modern sound, get the Maazel. On the other hand, if you want the most interesting conducting, get the Beecham. But if you want the most interesting Carmen, get this one. Serious opera lovers who understand that the fullest appreciation of a work comes from hearing different excellent versions will eventually buy all three.
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62 of 65 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 30, 2000
Format: Audio CD
I am a Callas fan but I don't run to her recordings based on just the fact that she's singing on them; for me all my favorite opera recordings have to bring the characters to life in ways that I can understand them, musically, dramatically and psychologically. Callas, for me, doesn't beat out other great singers for every possible operatic characterization; she does, however, beat them out with Carmen. Yes her voice here is a bit rife with Callas-prone idiosyncracies, some breaks... I've heard this performance called "ragged"; however after owning this version, all other Carmens I've listened to have sounded bland and missing something necessary. Callas's so-called "ragged" voice (very often gorgeous sounding) conjures up a breathtakingly husky portrait of the alluring gypsy; her crooning and fiery flashes are all tremendously exciting. Her mocking tones are beautifully understated; sharply angry sometimes, sexy another, but never raucous or coarse. I hate a vulgar Carmen. It is wonderful to hear what a great vocal actress can make of this complex character -- Callas never just "stands and sings" a melody, she involves herself in the psychology of the music, and here, with Carmen, it really pays off. There are two other elements in this recording which make it my unmatchable Carmen. Nicolai Gedda is perfectly paired as her Don Jose. I know it's just me... and a weird theory, but while I've occasionally been disappointed in his Italianate performances, his voice somehow takes on layers of deep golden beauty when he sings in the French language (his Faust and Hoffmann portrayals are unparalleled)... full of ardent heroism and melting passion... Gedda sometimes leaves the realm of men and sounds like a god.Read more ›
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49 of 53 people found the following review helpful By Romina on May 20, 2004
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There are so many Carmen-recordings, every mezzo, contralto and even sopranos attempted it, even coloratura-sopranos like Patti (The only flop in her illustrious career) and Sills (Sadly miscast, she was better in Massenet) tackled the role. Yet the truly great Carmens can be counted on one, well, maybe two hands. The earliest recording, featuring dramatic soprano Emmy Destinn is amazing but not in great sound (Obviously). The next great Carmen would be Rise Stevens, in a rather unknown studio-recording. I prefer her live-recording by a long shot. A seductive, dark mezzo of rarely matched beauty. After this Victoria de los Angeles takes the crown. The Spanish Falcon-soprano, who was also a sublime Charlotte (Only Vallin was even greater) was an elegant, velvet-like, seductive gypsy with cold elegance. A very refined portrait of a character that has been portrayed as a slut way too often. The most fabulous Italian Carmen is without a doubt Giulietta Simionato whose live-recordings with di Stefano and Corelli thrill, excite and seduce with their fire, lust and passion. And then came Maria Callas, a Greek soprano whose repertoire was that of a true soprano sfogato, anything from belcanto to Wagner's Isolde and Brünnhilde could be found there. She had been approached to do Eboli, Carmen, Dalilah, Marie (!) and other roles she sadly never sang on stage. Callas describes Bizet's Carmen vs. the original Carmen as described in Prosper Merimee's novel. Her Carmen has elements of both. The independent lust for freedom, the way she drives men to insanity cruelly, how she uses and manipulates them with her charms only to abandon them after a short time. Escamillo, her last lover clearly states that Carmen's "love" is short-lived. And that is what we hear in Callas' portrayal.Read more ›
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By The Cultural Observer on January 23, 2005
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Honestly, with the popularity of this opera, you would imagine the horrendously huge number of female singers tackling the role of Carmen. With that legion of capable artists, you would also assume that they would be able to do it properly. However, great Carmens are rare. There are only a few of those who can feel the passion of the role, and then again there are only a handful of those who are Carmen. Callas was such a Carmen, and nearing the end of her short but extremely illustrious career, you will find a Carmen shaded will colors of hate, of passion, of character, of pure defiance. You can listen to this recording, and you will also find a woman lost in her own romantic confusion, in her inability to find solace in the arms of a person whom she could truly love. That was Carmen the enchantress, and that also reflected Callas the woman very well. With her top slowly leaving her, this would have been the perfect time to record the role, especially with the perfection she achieved with her middle and lower voices. She may not be the natural mezzo, but she truly was a natural Carmen. And, with the combined efforts of the brilliant George Pretre, the amazing Nicolai Gedda (perfect Don Jose), and Jane Berbie, along with the skill of the French Orchestra and Chorus, this undoubtedly is THE Carmen of all Carmens. Her Habanera is unforgettable, the Le fleur que tu m'avais jetee is sung to perfection, and the Chanson Boheme could never be bettered by any other singer. If you don't like Callas, you still should put this in your collection or I would probably burn you a copy and give it to you anyways for the sake of you listening to a MUST in any collection.
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