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Bizet: Carmen CD (Georges Prêtre)

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Towards the end of Callas’ 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.' 

Composer:Georges Bizet
Carmen: Maria Callas
Don José: Nicolai Gedda
Escamillo: Robert Massard
Micaëla: Andréa Guiot
Zuniga: Jacques Mars
Moralès: Claude Cales

Choeurs René Duclos
Chorus master: Jean Laforge
Choeurs d'enfants Jean Pesneaud
Orchestre du Théâtre National de l'Opéra de Paris
Conductor: Georges Prêtre
Running Time: 160:86 mins 
Year: 1964