Bizet: Carmen

This page lists all recordings of Carmen, by Georges Bizet (1838-75) on CD, SACD, DVD, Blu-ray & download (MP3 & FLAC). Generally, more recent releases are listed first, but with priority given to those that are in stock.

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Bizet: Carmen

Bizet: Carmen


Julia Migenes (Carmen), Plácido Domingo (Don José), Ruggero Raimondi (Escamillo), Faith Esham (Micaëla), Susan Daniel (Mercédès), Lilian Watson (Frasquita), François Le Roux (Moralès), John Paul Bogart (Zuniga), Jean-Philippe Lafont (Le Dancaïre) & Gerard Garino (Le Remendado)

Choeurs et Maîtrise de Radio France & Orchestre National de France, Lorin Maazel

The thrillingly atmospheric soundtrack to a film of Carmen – directed by Francesco Rosi and released in 1984 – this recording unites Plácido Domingo, in one of his greatest roles as Don José, with Julia Migenes Johnson, a spirited, volatile Carmen of striking theatrical immediacy. Lorin Maazel demonstrates his mastery of French style in a performance that does full justice to Bizet’s amalgam of wit, elegance, romance and high drama.

Released or re-released in last 6 months

Erato - The Home of Opera - 2564648324

(CD - 2 discs)

$13.25

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Bizet: Carmen

Bizet: Carmen

Gran Teatre del Liceu, 2011


STAGED BY: Calixto Bieito

In this prestigious production at the Gran Teatre del Liceu, world-famous and highly controversial stage director Calixto Bieito, admired for his raw and evocative stagings, sees in Carmen the embodiment of the mythical gypsy and touches upon sensitive issues such as racism, xenophobia and right-wing politics. Bieito conjures up a sensual and realistic atmosphere full of powerful symbolism.

An outstanding quartet of vocal stars, led by a “splendid and sensual” (El Periódico) Béatrice Uria-Monzon in the title role, delivers one of the most exciting Carmens in recent years: Roberto Alagna as Don José, Erwin Schrott as Escamillo and Marina Poplavskya as Micaëla.

SOUND FORMAT Blu-ray: DTS-HD MA 5.1, PCM 2.0

PICTURE: 16:9, HD

SUBTITLES: French (original language), English, German, Spanish, Catalan, Chinese, Korean

BOOKLET: English, German, French

TOTAL RUNNING TIME: 155 mins

Released or re-released in last 6 months

Blu-ray Disc

Region: all

C Major - 750304

(Blu-ray)

$33.75

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Viscera, Carmen, Afternoon of a Faun & Tchaikovsky pas de deux

Viscera, Carmen, Afternoon of a Faun & Tchaikovsky pas de deux

Recorded live at the Royal Opera House, October 2015


Bizet:

Carmen

arr. Martin Yates. Choreography: Carlos Acosta

Marianela Nuñez, Carlos Acosta, Federico Bonelli & Matthew Golding

Martin Yates

Debussy:

Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune

Choreography: Jerome Robbins

Sarah Lamb & Vadim Muntagirov

Emmanuel Plasson

Liebermann, L:

Viscera

Choreography: Liam Scarlett

Laura Morera, Marianela Nuñez & Ryoichi Hirano

Emmanuel Plasson

Tchaikovsky:

Pas de deux

Choreography: George Balanchine

Iana Salenko & Steven McRae

Emmanuel Plasson


Carlos Acosta focuses on the dramatic essentials of love, jealousy and revenge in his new production of Carmen. As well as choreographing the production, Acosta dances a lead role.

Liam Scarlett has used Lowell Liebermann’s thrilling Piano Concerto No.1 as the inspiration for his similarly audacious choreography in Viscera.

Debussy’s evocative score is the inspiration for Jerome Robbins’s Afternoon of a Faun, which depicts two ballet dancers as absorbed by their own reflections as they are attracted to each other.

George Balanchine’s Tchaikovsky pas de deux uses a fragment of music composed for the 1877 production of Swan Lake for an eight-minute display of ballet bravura and technique.

Extra Features: Darcey Bussell and Carlos Acosta, Carlos Acosta farewell speech, Introduction to Viscera, Introduction to Carmen.

Running time: 118 minutes

Sound format: 2.0LPCM + 5.1(5.0) DTS

Released or re-released in last 6 months

Blu-ray Disc

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Opus Arte Royal Opera House Collection - OABD7202D

(Blu-ray)

$33.75

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Bizet: Carmen

Bizet: Carmen

Recorded live at the Royal Opera House, June 2011


Christine Rice (Carmen), Bryan Hymel (Don José), Aris Argiris (Escamillo) & Maija Kovalevska (Micaëla)

Royal Opera Chorus & Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Constantinos Carydis (conductor) & Francesca Zambello (stage director)

Julian Napier’s cinematic film of the Royal Opera’s production of Carmen – originally shot in 3D – is now made available on DVD and 2D Blu-ray. Arguably the world’s most popular opera, at the centre of this musical drama is the fiery Carmen, a gypsy woman whose love is as fleeting as it is passionate. Carmen has a devastating effect on the men she ensnares, and as the opera begins, she initiates an intense love affair with army corporal Don José. Later, when she abandons him for her new conquest, the bullfighter Escamillo, Don José’s jealousy turns to rage. This time, Carmen has pushed one suitor too far for her own good. In this characteristically vivid and vibrant stage production by Francesca Zambello, Seville is brought to life with ranks of soldiers, crowds of peasants, gypsies and bullfighters – as well as a magnificent horse, a donkey and even some chickens! Featuring the indomitable Bryan Hymel as Don José and Christine Rice in the title role, this compelling production of Bizet’s masterpiece has everything from intimate solos to rousing choruses, making it truly a musical event to remember.

Extra features: Carmen the opera and a Cast Gallery.

Running time: 155 minutes

Subtitles: EN/DE/FR/JAP/KO

Sound format: 2.0LPCM + 5.1(5.0) DTS

“The picture quality is unusually high, and this particular revival has been scrupulously rehearsed; the broadly traditional, picturesque and well-crafted period staging may add in irrelevant detail, but on this occasion everyone knows exactly what they’re doing all the time. The cast is excellent” Gramophone Magazine, September 2016

DVD Video

Region: 0

Format: NTSC

Opus Arte Royal Opera House Collection - OA1197D

(DVD Video)

$28.00

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Bizet: Carmen

Bizet: Carmen

Recorded live at the Royal Opera House, June 2011


Christine Rice (Carmen), Bryan Hymel (Don José), Aris Argiris (Escamillo) & Maija Kovalevska (Micaëla)

Royal Opera Chorus & Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Constantinos Carydis (conductor) & Francesca Zambello (stage director)

Julian Napier’s cinematic film of the Royal Opera’s production of Carmen – originally shot in 3D – is now made available on DVD and 2D Blu-ray. Arguably the world’s most popular opera, at the centre of this musical drama is the fiery Carmen, a gypsy woman whose love is as fleeting as it is passionate. Carmen has a devastating effect on the men she ensnares, and as the opera begins, she initiates an intense love affair with army corporal Don José. Later, when she abandons him for her new conquest, the bullfighter Escamillo, Don José’s jealousy turns to rage. This time, Carmen has pushed one suitor too far for her own good. In this characteristically vivid and vibrant stage production by Francesca Zambello, Seville is brought to life with ranks of soldiers, crowds of peasants, gypsies and bullfighters – as well as a magnificent horse, a donkey and even some chickens! Featuring the indomitable Bryan Hymel as Don José and Christine Rice in the title role, this compelling production of Bizet’s masterpiece has everything from intimate solos to rousing choruses, making it truly a musical event to remember.

Extra features: Carmen the opera and a Cast Gallery.

Running time: 155 minutes

Subtitles: EN/DE/FR/JAP/KO

Sound format: 2.0LPCM + 5.1(5.0) DTS

“The picture quality is unusually high, and this particular revival has been scrupulously rehearsed; the broadly traditional, picturesque and well-crafted period staging may add in irrelevant detail, but on this occasion everyone knows exactly what they’re doing all the time. The cast is excellent” Gramophone Magazine, September 2016

Blu-ray Disc

Region: all

Opus Arte Royal Opera House Collection - OABD7188D

(Blu-ray)

$33.75

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Bizet: Carmen

Bizet: Carmen


Marilyn Horne (Carmen), James McCracken (Don José), Adriana Maliponte (Micaëla), Tom Krause (Escamillo), Colette Boky (Frasquita), Marcia Baldwin (Mercédès), Russell Christopher (Le Dancaïre), Andrea Velis (Le Remendado), Raymond Gibbs (Moralès), Donald Gramm (Zuniga)

Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Leonard Bernstein

Digitally re-mastered on 2 SACDs, this release also features a complete libretto both in French and English.

With delight, PENTATONE re-releases Georges Bizet’s opera Carmen, which remains one of the world’s most frequently performed operas from his repertoire. In one of its reviews in September 1982, the New York Times declared, “a strong vote for Bernstein’s much-debated 1973 recording of Bizet’s ‘Carmen,’ with the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and the great Marilyn Horne in the title role. Bernstein’s daringly slow tempos, though criticized by some, are revelatory. Ms. Horne’s ‘Habanera’ is all the more seductive for its reined-in pacing and sultry phrasing”. Many claim that it is by far the best recording of Carmen. Leonard Bernstein’s rendition is as sharp as Marilyn Horne and James McCracken’s performances are stunning.

Super Audio CD

Format:

Hybrid Multi-channel

Pentatone Remastered Classics - PTC5186216

(SACD - 2 discs)

$21.75

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Bizet: Carmen

Bizet: Carmen


Julia Migenes (Carmen), Plácido Domingo (Don José), Faith Esham (Micaëla), Ruggero Raimondi (Escamillo), John Paul Bogart (Zuniga), François Le Roux (Moralès), Lillian Watson (Frasquita), Susan Daniel (Mercédès), Jean-Philippe Lafont (Le Dancaïre), Gérard Garino (Le Remendado), Julien Guiomar (Lillas Pastia) & Accurzio di Leo (Un Guide)

Orchestre National de France, Choeurs et Maîtrise de Radio France, Lorin Maazel

Blu-ray Disc

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Second Sight - 2NDBR4005

(Blu-ray)

$24.75

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Bizet: Carmen

Bizet: Carmen


Vesselina Kasarova (Carmen), Jonas Kaufmann (Don José), Isabel Rey (Micaela), Michele Pertusi (Escamillo)

Chor der Oper Zürich & Philharmonia Zurich, Franz Welser-Möst

In 2008 the Opernhaus Zurich staged this magnificent production starring virtuoso tenor Jonas Kaufmann as Don José and the Bulgarian Vesselina Kasarova as the flirtatious prima-donna of the title role. Mezzo-soprano Kasarova is dazzling as the tough-as-nails, beautifully unsentimental heroine – think classic Sophia Loren meets West Side Story.

Kaufmann, in the guise of a Spanish police officer, brilliantly portrays the blustering but naive Don José as a modern contrast of hard-edged machismo and out-of-his-depths vulnerability.

Director Matthias Hartmann refreshed one of the greatest and most popular operas of all time with touches of a contemporary setting and costume designs that emphasize the timeless archetypes of the characters. This production of Carmen enthralled audiences with the visceral physical quality of the performances, enhanced by a single panoramic set for all four acts that is stripped of the traditional Spanish styling.

Kaufmann superbly presents Don José as awkward, socially inept and doomed for disillusionment. Kasarova’s Carmen commands attention with a soft and sensual exterior that hides her ruthless and sinister heart in plain view.

Menus: English • Picture Format: 16:9 Anamorphic Widescreen • Colour Mode: Colour • Region Code: 0 (worldwide)

“Kaufmann is an immaculate Don José, living each turn of the drama vocally...However, it's [Kasarova's] Carmen who makes this production unforgettable. Not just her smoky mezzo dipping down into the chest register in the Habanera, but her gifts are an actress...All praise, too, for conductor Franz Welser-Möst and the Zurich Opera House Orchestra.” BBC Music Magazine, Christmas 2014 *****

“The work is performed with the Guiraud recitative but several of Hartmann's touches seems to want to emphasise its opera comique heritage...[Kaufmann] sings magnificently...despite some moments of self-indulgence...Pertusi's Escamillo is physically imposing but the voice lacks swagger.” Gramophone Magazine, December 2014

“[Kaufmann] is his usual magnificent self. He looks great and the voice is on superb form, able to spin out long, legato lines softly and to release cascades of power when needed...Pertusi's Escamillo is bull-headed, but hs sings the role handsomely...Isabel Rey's Micaela is stereotypical but well sung.” International Record Review, December 2014

Blu-ray Disc

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Decca - 0743882

(Blu-ray)

$20.50

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Bizet: Carmen

Bizet: Carmen

sung in German


Christa Ludwig (Carmen), Melitta Muszely (Micaëla), Ursula Schirrmacher (Frasquita), Ursula Gust (Mercédès), Rudolf Schock (Don José), Hermann Prey (Escamillo), Leopold Clam (Dancairo), Karl-Ernst Mercker (Remendado), Iwan Rebroff (Zuniga) & Georg Völker (Moralès)

Chor der Deutschen Oper Berlin & Berliner Symphoniker, Horst Stein

Bizet’s masterpiece sung in German by an all German cast, led by mezzo diva Christa Ludwig as Carmen, Rudolf Schock as the fiery Don José and macho Hermann Prey as Escamillo. A true highlight in the legendary Electrola Collection series of opera sung in German!

“[Ludwig] is absolutely stunning...She is superb, vocally and dramatically in the long second act duet scene with Don José, doom-laden in the card scene in act III and magnificent in the finale...[Muszely] sings with such enticing beauty in the duet with Don José in act I that one totally forgets that it is the ‘wrong’ language.” MusicWeb International, 26th July 2013

Warner Classics Cologne Collection - 9123002

(CD - 2 discs)

$13.25

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Bizet: Carmen

Bizet: Carmen


Elina Garanča (Carmen), Roberto Alagna (Don José), Teddy Tahu Rhodes (Escamillo), Barbara Frittoli (Micaela), Keith Miller (Zuniga), Elizabeth Caballero (Frasquita), Sandra Piques Eddy (Mercedes), Earle Patriarco (Dancaire), Keith Jameson (Remandado), Trevor Scheunemann (Morales)

Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus, Yannick Nézet-Séguin

Solo Dancers: Maria Kowroski & Martin Harvey

Production: Richard Eyre

Set & Costume Designer: Rob Howell

Lighting Designer: Peter Mumford

Choreographer: Christopher Wheeldon

As well as triumphant successes as Carmen in London, Vienna and Munich, Elīna Garanča, “the Carmen of our day” (News, Austria), took New York’s Metropolitan Opera by storm in this ‘Met Live in HD’ performance, transmitted to cinemas around the world and now available for the first time on BluRay. Starring alongside her is star tenor Roberto Alagna as Don José, Barbara Frittoli as his first love Micaëla and New Zealand baritone Teddy Tahu Rhodes as the toreador Escamillo. The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra is conducted by rising star Canadian maestro Yannick Nézet-Séguin.

Extra material: Backstage at the Met with host Renée Fleming: Interviews with Elīna Garanča and Roberto Alagna as well as with Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Barbara Frittoli, Teddy Tahu Rhodes and Christopher Wheeldon.

Format: BD-50

Region: 0 (All regions)

Picture format: 1080i60 HD 16:9

Duration: 150 mins (opera)/ 23 mins (extras)

Subtitles: English, French, German, Spanish

Classification: Exempt

“everyone on stage, from stars to comprimarios and children (authentically underfoot), crackles with individual life, ideal on video... Garanča's clean-cut Baltic mezzo and fresh good looks suggest not the stereotypical gypsy wench, but a free spirit, intelligent and wilful” BBC Music Magazine, December 2010 *****

“Here is an opera DVD where, rare in my experience, each individual element matches the excellence of the others: production, cast, performance, film direction and use of the medium....Garanča has a fine sparring partner in Alagna - both roles are as well acted as they are sung...Halvorson's fluent direction conveys a real sense of occasion to the whole evening.” Gramophone Magazine, November 2010

“Not only does Ms Garanča sing with wonderful enunciation, but also with meaning and a wide variety of tonal colour. In her singing and acting she exudes Carmen’s sexuality whilst not over-egging it with hip swinging and flaunting...Along with Elina Garanča, the big plus of the performance is found in Yannick Nézet-Séguin. His idiomatic conducting has verve, vitality and sensitivity.” MusicWeb International, August 2012

“Garanča is right up there with the best. She sings with a seductive and alluring tone, and her technique is superb. The combination of her film star looks and her natural acting draw you into her character completely...Alagna also makes an excellent Don José. I think this is one of his strongest roles and he sings with both real power and refinement.” Chris O'Reilly, Presto Classical, 23rd August 2010

“Elina Garanca's striking Carmen and Barbara Frittoli's Micaela stand out, with Alagna unexpectedly affecting as Don Jose.” The Observer, 19th December 2010

“This is a calculating Carmen, who knows the worth of her assets. Some of her wily intelligence is reflected in the voice — strong in all reaches, flaming at the top...[Tahu Rhodes] prov[es] himself to be an ideal toreador, virile of voice, and very tall. All in all, a Carmen well worth seeing and hearing.” The Times, 28th August 2010

Blu-ray Disc

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DG - 0734799

(Blu-ray)

$26.75

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