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

(CD - 2 discs)

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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

Region: all

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C Major - 750304

(Blu-ray)

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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

(CD - 2 discs)

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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

(CD - 2 discs)

$14.00

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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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DVD Video

Region: 0

Format: NTSC

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Decca - 0743312

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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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Decca - Double Decca - 4438712

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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

DVD Video

Region: 0

Format: NTSC

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C Major - 750208

(DVD Video - 2 discs)

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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

DVD Video

Region: 0

Format: NTSC

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Opus Arte Royal Opera House Collection - OA1212D

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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

Blu-ray Disc

Region: all

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Opus Arte Royal Opera House Collection - OABD7202D

(Blu-ray)

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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

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Opus Arte Royal Opera House Collection - OA1197D

(DVD Video)

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