Bizet Carmen DVD

Cat No:
01 - 11 - 2013

Bizet Carmen DVD

Rinat Shaham (Carmen), Dmytro Popov (Don Jose), Andrew Jones (Escamillo), Nicole Car (Micaela), Ariya Sawadivong (Frasquita), Tania Ferris (Mercedes), Sam Roberts-Smith (Remendado), Luke Gabbedy (Dancairo), Adrian Tamburini (Zuniga), Opera Australia Chorus, Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra, Brian Castles-Onion (conductor), Kelley Abbey (choreographer), Gale Edwards (director)

It is hot and humid in the Spanish city of Seville. Carmen, sexy and capricious, taunts the men around her, enjoying their adulation. But after attacking another woman at the cigarette factory with a knife, she has to use her seductive skills on her guard, Don Jose, to escape going to prison. The triangle of passion between Don Jose, Carmen and Escamillo, a celebrated toreador who is also infatuated with her, leads to jealousy, violence and murder. Rinat Shaham, with her sublime singing, dominates the bull-fighting arena as the provocative and alluring Carmen, while Dmytro Popov portrays Don Jose with a perfect mix of naivety and mad desire, his rich tenor rolling out across the bay. Andrew Jones gives a strong dramatic presence as Escamillo, and Nicole Car, one of Australia's best young operatic voices, is the sweet Micaela. Add superb orchestra and conductor, a gritty set design, sumptuous bold costumes, stunning choreography, and the inestimable direction of Gale Edwards and Bizet's glorious opera is brought to life as never before in this second Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour.

Bizet Carmen

Running Time: 2 hr 21 min
Picture format: NTSC 16:9
Sound format: 2.0 LPCM / 5.1 DTS Digital Surround
Subtitles: English, French, German, Spanish, Italian, Korean
Region code: 0 (worldwide)
No. of DVDs: 1

Also available on Blu-ray (OPOZ56043BD)

Live performance reviews:
'Nothing short of a visual spectacle, Gale Edward's endeavour incorporates dance into almost every moment of the opera - a natural complement to Bizet's score that never has a dull note until the curtains close' (ABC Classic FM)
'Spectacular fireworks, flamboyant costumes and choreographer Kelley Abbey's imaginative dance sequences enlivened the crowd scenes. Yet Edwards's simplicity of approach in the opera's intimate moments - notably Don Jose's Act II Flower Songs and Micaela's touching Act III aria - compelled one's attention just as readily' (The Australian)