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.

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Erato The Opera Series - 2564648324

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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

Blu-ray Disc

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Bizet: Carmen

Bizet: Carmen

1964


Maria Callas (Carmen), Nicolai Gedda (Don José), Andréa Guiot (Micaëla), Robert Massard (Escamillo), Nadine Sautereau (Frasquita), Jane Berbié (Mercédès), Jean-Paul Vauquelin (Le Dancaïre), Jacques Pruvost (Le Remendado), Claude Cales (Moralès), Jacques Mars (Zuniga)

Orchestre du Théâtre National de l’Opéra de Paris, Chœurs René Duclos & Chœurs d’enfants Jean Pesneaud, Georges Prêtre

Towards the end of Callas’s career, there were many rumours that she was planning to perform Carmen on stage. This was never to be, but Carmen became her penultimate complete recording of an opera – and her only complete recording of a French opera. With Georges Prêtre, one of her favoured conductors, and the ever-stylish Nicolai Gedda as her Don José, she captured every facet of the role. As Gramophone said when the set was first released: ‘Hers is a Carmen to haunt you.’

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Warner Classics Maria Callas Remastered - 2564634110

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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

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Warner Classics Cologne Collection - 9123002

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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

After her triumphant success as Carmen in Riga, London, and Munich, Elîna Garanča, “the Carmen of our day” (News, Austria), took the Met by storm when filmed live in January 2010.

Every generation has its “go to” Carmen. In 2010, the list of definitive gypsy seductresses – glittering with names like Baltsa, Bumbry, Calvé, Farrar, and Stevens – is enriched by the addition of Elîna Garanča.

The Wiener Zeitung said it all when it observed of Garanča’s Carmen that “the role and the singer are perfectly matched”.

This production was also seen at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden in 2009 with Garanča and Alagna in the lead roles.

2 DVD Set in 5.1 DTS surround sound.

Subtitles: French (orig. lang.), German, English, Spanish, Chinese

“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

“...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

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

“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

“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 2010

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Bizet: Carmen

Bizet: Carmen


Anna Moffo (Carmen), Franco Corelli (Don José), Piero Cappuccilli (Escamillo), Helen Donath (Micaëla), Arleen Augér (Frasquita), Jane Berbié (Mercédès ), Jean-Christophe Benoit (Le Dancaïre), Karl-Ernst Mercker (Le Remendado), Barry McDaniel (Moralès), José Van Dam (Zuniga)

Schoneberger Sängerknaben & Orchester Der Deutschen Oper Berlin, Lorin Maazel

Bizet’s tale of passion and jealousy which ends so tragically ranks as possibly the greatest of all French operas, so it’s all the more remarkable that Carmen was not a resounding success from the outset — largely due to the low-life theme and violent conclusion. The poor reaction to the opera was soon overturned and today it has worldwide appeal for audiences and performers alike — from the opening, rousing bars of the prelude to the inevitable tragic ending of the opera.

Release includes a booklet with a three language synopsis [English / French / German], full cast list and detailed track list.

Recorded in 1970

RCA - The Sony Opera House - 88697446202

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Bizet: Carmen

Bizet: Carmen


Anna Caterina Antonacci (Carmen), Jonas Kaufmann (Don Jose), Norah Amsellem (Micaela), Ildebrando D'Arcangelo (Escamillo), Jacques Imbrailo (Morales), Matthew Rose (Zuniga), Elena Xanthoudakis (Frasquita), Viktoria Vizin (Mercedes), Caroline Lena Olsson (Lillas Pastia), Jean Sebastien Bou (Le Dancaire), Jean-Paul Fouchecourt (Le Remendado)

The Orchestra & Chorus of the Royal Opera House, Antonio Pappano (conductor) & Francesca Zambello (stage director)

The New Production from The Royal Opera House, Covent Garden

Filmed in HD

“Two dazzling stars” (Daily Telegraph)

"Physical and sexy" (Evening Standard)

Kaufmann and Antonacci are that rare breed: superb singers who can also act with subtlety and passion (The Guardian)

With Anna Caterina Antonacci and Jonas Kaufmann bringing rare erotic intensity to the drama of Carmen and Don Jose, this new Royal Opera production is a darkly passionate reading of one of the world's favourite operas. Under the baton of Music Director Antonio Pappano, Bizet's irresistible score drives the tragedy forward - powering a landmark staging of a musical masterpiece. Jonas Kaufmann smoulders as Don Jose in this acclaimed production recorded at the Royal Opera House, London in 2007.

Subtitles: ENG, FR, GER, SP, CH

“Pappano in the pit takes the whole thing at a tremendous lick while coaxing some lovely playing from the Royal Opera House Orchestra. For all that, this is opera as spectacle with good tunes attached.” BBC Music Magazine, November 2008 ***

“…traditionalists can relax with the Royal Opera's Raymond Gubbay-style, grand-opera Carmen. Antonio Pappano…steers the music with panachet… The production has a star in Jonas Kaufmann's José, a dangerous, lived-in interpretation of the part, sung and acted with a rare ability... Antonacci's Carmen works hard - she's stylish and genuinely sexy... Norah Amsellem's Micaëla is well vocalised and presented but never quite breaks through into a complete character.” Gramophone Magazine, October 2008

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Bizet: Carmen

Bizet: Carmen

comes with a guide taking the listener on a journey through the opera's plot


Regina Resnik (Carmen), Mario del Monaco (Don José), Joan Sutherland (Micaëla), Tom Krause (Escamillo), Georgette Spanellys (Frasquita), Yvonne Minton (Mercédès), Claude Cales (Moralès), Robert Geay (Zuniga)

Suisse Romande Orchestra, Thomas Schippers

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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 DVD: DTS 5.1, PCM Stereo

PICTURE: 16:9, HD

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

BOOKLET: English, German, French

TOTAL RUNNING TIME: 155 mins

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Format: NTSC

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C Major - 750208

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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

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