Magazine article Opera Canada

Carmen

Magazine article Opera Canada

Carmen

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CARMEN

Bizet

DG: 073 4581

The Metropolitan Opera is currently in its fifth season of live, high-definition broadcasts from Lincoln Center, and they are now seen in movie theatres in more than 40 countries around the globe. Fortunately for opera fans, many of these performances have also been made available commercially on DVD, with to date 13 such releases on a variety of labels. This fall, Universal added three titles to the catalogue, including this Carmen.

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Italian director and designer Franco Zeffirelli held an iconic position at the Met with his extravagant and costly productions of Puccini's La boheme, Tosca and Turandot, Verdi's La traviata and Bizet's Carmen. Despite their popularity, Met General Manager Peter Gelb has been slowly replacing them with more contemporary, cutting-edge productions, including this Carmen. As directed by English theatre and film director Sir Richard Eyre, it is updated to the time of the Spanish Civil War and plays against a gritty backdrop of crumbling brick walls and chain-link fences--a far cry from Zeffirelli's Goya-esque production. …

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