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Carmen is an all-regions disc in 16:9 ratio. Sound options include PCM Stereo and DTS 5.1 Surrdound. Sung in French, subtitles include English, French, German, Spanish and Chinese.
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The remainder of the cast is more than first rate, with a fine Michaela from Norah Ansellem and Ildebrando D'arcangelo a properly arrogant Escamillo. Pappano provided wonderful support with the ROH playing beautifully.
The edition used was Oeser which has been savaged by music scholars and critics. I am not a scholar and will make no pretense at being one. But I was thrilled that much of the dialogue was returned and the dreadful recits which are dull musically discarded.Read more ›
singer and a an excellent actress as well. She also has the looks for
a truly believable Carmen. Jonas Kaufman, as Don Jose, is excellent.
This is my first introduction to his work, and he has a wonderful rich
voice. I never thought anyone could equal Samuel Ramey as the matador
Escamillo, but Ildebrando D'Arcangelo does! He plays the part with relish,
and I love his strong beautiful voice. I like the matador moves he displays in the choreography for his introductory "Toreador" song. This
opera is great fun. I own two other very good "Carmen" dvd's. One is the
Agnes Baltsa, Carreras and Ramey version and the other is the relatively
recent Carmen that was filmed in Verona with Marina Domashenko and Marco
Berti. This new one, starring Antonacci and Kaufman, is my favorite of the
three. Everything is perfect! It is so much fun to watch and listen to!
Ildebrando D'Arcangelo was a gorgeous Escamillo entering on a gorgeous black horse. He was a perfect foil for Jonas Kaufmann. Norah Amsellem is a powerful singer with the intensity of an Isolde or a Brunnhilde, so to hear her cast as the shy, village girl Micaela is a little disconcerting. She has enough power and presence to be Carmen. But, I'm not complaining; she was excellent.
The supporting cast and chorus were terrific. The orchestra was perfect.
This is a marvelous Carmen. You'll love it!
In the last scene of the opera, when he enters through that small door to face Carmen,with that smile on his face, you know that this man has gone beyond the point of no return, that face tells it all.
During the final encounter, the interaction was so real that I feared that he will actually do her physical harm.
Great stage coreography! This Carmen is a Carmen performance for the ages.I think that this is the first time that I have teared at the end of Carmen, not for Carmen, but Don Jose,so amazing was his portrayal of this broken man!
The rest of the cast was excellent. Norah Ansellem was a very believable Micaela and the Escamillo was right on target. I like the production, I recently saw the same production in 3-D at the movies with a different principal cast.
I am looking forward to see Jonas Kaufmann in December at the Metropolitan HD presentation of Faust.
I have become a fan,I see him as a cross between Corelli and Carreras at their prime.Let wish him a long career.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Kaufmann is exceptional! Strong,clear and master of verismo! The best don Jose I have ever heardPublished 7 months ago by Maria Schwartz
Sorry folks, but Antonacci's is not BY FAR, the definitive Carmen. There are so many of them I have lost count. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Alfredo R. Villanueva
This is an outstanding version of Bizet masterpiece , singing and musical direction at it best, so is staging and direction. Read morePublished 8 months ago by eshopper
Slightly outdated but Jonas Kaufmann great as always. Absolutely worth seeing.Published 9 months ago by Amazon Customer
Poor Don Jose! Country boy meets city siren. Wonderful music and expressive emotional singing. Great combination.Published 9 months ago by M. Hansen
Excellent singing and great production. Acting superb by allPublished 10 months ago by Albert J. Sepe
A performance which demonstrates (a) that there is at least one Carmen in the discography of this opera worth watching and listening to after Callas' Carmen -- the recording with... Read morePublished 11 months ago by Jorge Martinez
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