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Bizet: Carmen DVD (The Royal Opera) 2011


  • Julian Napier’s cinematic film of The Royal Opera’s production of Carmen – originally shot in 3D – is now made available on on DVD and 2D Blu-ray. Arguably the world’s most popular opera, this musical drama has at its centre 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. 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.

    Music:Georges Bizet
    Carmen: Christine Rice
    Don José: Bryan Hymel
    Escamillo: Aris Argiris
    Micaëla: Maija Kovalevska

    Royal Opera Chorus
    Orchestra of the Royal Opera House
    Conductor: Constantinos Carydis
    Stage director: Francesca Zambello
    Designer: Tanya McCallin
    Choreographer: Arthur Pita

  • Sound: LPCM 2.0 / DTS 5.1
    Regions: All regions
    Running time: 155+3 mins  
    Subtitles: EN/FR/DE/JP/KO
    Year: 2011