Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
|Georges Bizet - Carmen / Nuria Espert Zubin Mehta - M Ewing L Lima L Vaduva - ROH Covent Garden|
Actors: Maria Ewing, Luis Lima, Leontina Vaduva, Gino Quilico, Judith Howarth
Director: Barrie Gavin
Genres: Indie & Art House, Drama, Musicals & Performing Arts
Opera videos come essentially in two categories: movies, such as the 1984 Carmen, directed by Francesco Rosi and starring Julia Migenes and Placido Domingo, and opera house productions filmed for television, such as this... more »
Nice singing; poor English subtitles
M. H Shamp | Columbia Falls, MT United States | 03/21/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I like this opera mostly because the lead female singer Maria Ewing has an unusually silky smooth voice. It's an expensive stage production with fancy props, although sometimes the recording seems less than ideal, being loud at times and hard to hear at other times. And the English subtitles miss about 30% of what's going on. I fixed this problem by looking up translations on the internet.
The commentators often call Carmen a complex character. I don't find her too complex, though. Girl dates guy, girl gets tired of guy, girl dates a different guy - seems simple enough to me!
The story is a tragedy, so if you are looking for a happy opera, I recommend Mozart's The Magical Flute instead. Otherwise, it is a good performance.
Georges Bizet - Carmen - ROH Covent garden
Elizabeth M. Kirk | 08/09/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)
"This is the 2nd video/DVD of the opera Carmen by Bizet that I have seen - 2 different productions. I like this DVD because it includes English subtitles - perfect for my use as a college music history teacher. Ths music is excellent from the orchestra to the singers.
I do have one complaint with the interpretation. The final scene where Don Jose kills Carmen was a little cheesy. Several of my students found the Choreography (where he beats her before killing her) humorous. A bit immature on the student's part but none the less - I also did not think it was a believable interpretation of someone being abused then killed."
Fantastic - a Kids and Mom review of ROH's "Carmen"
Pam Tee | 10/29/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This was the second Opera we purchased for our home and I have to say that it is just marvelous. The production quality is fantastic and taken as a whole this Carmen is riveting entertainment. So much so that my 6 year-old daughter loves it; and my 4 year-old son - while he can't sit still to watch - loves to listen to Bizet's superb music while he plays with his trains.
Maria Ewing is a marvelous and compelling Carmen: I cannot imagine anyone else in this role now. She is young and feisty and very believable. Beautiful voice.
Five Stars. Sound quality is outstanding. Acting and costuming is very good, as well. If you purchase only one opera for yourself and your children, I would make it this one.
Note for Parents: There is mock violence in this video and even worse cigarette smoking (Carmen works in a cigarette factory afterall) so be prepared with that 'no smoking' lecture."
Vaduva if nothing else
birdwalker | Friday Harbor, WA United States | 06/15/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Lima's performance is VERY satisfying, but I treasure this production for the art of Vaduva, who inhabits the role of Micaela. It isn't difficult to get a good singer who will look like the sweet village girl and sing the notes prettily. Vaduva, however, makes Micaela a real person, one with whom we can actually identify; her interpretation adds great depth to the logic of the story. All that, plus her exquisite phrasing. As this is an excellent production, there is no reason at all NOT to buy this version of Carmen -- providing you also get a CD with one of opera history's great (singing) Don Joses combined with a great Carmen interpreter.
Why have I not mentioned Ewing? My opinion: I find her Carmen sulky, unpleasant, shallow and totally unattractive. Don't let that stop you from buying this otherwise exceptional production."