Bizet's Carmen

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Bizet's Carmen is among the most frequently staged operas in the standard repertoire and it's easy to understand why. The work packs in memorable tunes as well as knife fights, bullfights, and even girl fights.

This week's broadcast, recorded last fall at the San Francisco Opera, features mezzo-soprano Anita Rachvelishvili as the gypsy temptress. Tenor Thiago Arancam is Don José, the soldier whose obsessive love for Carmen ultimately undoes them both. Niccola Luisotti conducts.

CAST:
Carmen   Anita Rachvelishvili
Don José   Thiago Arancam
Micaëla   Sara Gartland
Escamillo   Paulo Szot
Frasquita   Susannah Biller
Mercédès   Cybele Gouverneur
Le Dancaïre   Timothy Mix
Le Remendado  Daniel Montenegro
Moralès   Trevor Scheunemann
Zuniga    Wayne Tigges
Lillas Pastia   Yusef Lambert

 

CONDUCTOR:  Niccola Luisotti
STAGE DIRECTOR:  Jose Maria Condemi
SAN FRANCISCO OPERA ORCHESTRA & CHORUS  
CHORUS DIRECTOR: Ian Robertson