Julian Napier’s cinematic film of The Royal Opera’s production of Carmen – originally shot in 3D – is now made available on Blu-ray in 2D. 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.
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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