Bizet's Carmen

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Saturday, February 23, 2013

Anita Rachvelishvili (center) as the title character in Bizet's 'Carmen' at the Metropolitan Opera. Anita Rachvelishvili (center) as the title character in Bizet's 'Carmen' at the Metropolitan Opera. (Ken Howard/Metropolitan Opera)

The Metropolitan Opera's production of Bizet’s Carmen stars Anita Rachvelishvili, who made her Met debut in the title role in 2010. Nikolai Schukoff is Don José, the soldier whose doomed love for Carmen destroys them both. Ekaterina Scherbachenko is the loyal Micaëla and Ildar Abdrazakov sings the swaggering bullfighter Escamillo. Michele Mariotti conducts.

Cast:

Conductor: Michele Mariotti

Carmen: Anita Rachvelishvili

Micaëla: Ekaterina Scherbachenko

Don José: Nikolai Schukoff

Escamillo: Ildar Abdrazakov

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Comments [11]

Kenneth Bennett Lane, Lake Hiawatha,NJ from Richard Wagner Music Drama Institute, Boonton, NJ

GREAT GOOD NEWS THE CENTURY'S MOST ADMIRED CARMEN RISE STEVENS WILL MARK HER HUNDREDTH BIRTHDAY THIS JUNE. TODAY'S MET OPERA BROADCAST HAD THE LUSH-VOICED RICH DARK-HUED MEZZO OF ANITA RACHVELISHVILI AS CARMEN AND THE SUPPLE CREAMY LIRICO-SPINTO TENOR OF NIKOLAI SCHUKOFF AS DON JOSE. SCHUKOFF WAS AT HIS BEST SINGING THE FLOWER SONG, ENDING IT WITH THE SCORE- INDICATED PIANISSIMO ON THE FINAL NOTE, A HIGH B FLAT. RACHVELISHVILI'S SINGING OF THE HABANERSA, GYPSY SONG AND THE SEGUIDILLE CONFIRMED HER STATUS AS A WORLD CLASS SINGER. THE
ESCAMILLO WAS ILDAR ABDRAZAKOV WHOSE FINE BASS BARITONE WAS DARKER AND HEAVIER THAN MOST ESCAMILLOS. THE CONDUCTOR WAS MICHELE MARIOTTI WHOSE TEMPI AND COORDINATION OF THE FORCES WAS APPROPRIATE AND WELL CONCEIVED. The great ROSA PONSELLE performed in the 1930s the title role in a lusty risque manner but probably the most full-throated rich-toned voice ever to assay that role. Shew was damnned by the reviewers, not for her vocal performance but for her iunprecedented, for that time, implicit sexy dramaturgy. One of my voice teachers, a legendary mezzo/contralto AND dramatic soprano who sang DELILAH opposite CARUSO at the MET OPERA and other major opera houses MARGARETE MATZENAUER was far too heavy for the role of Carmen and TOSCA both of which she performed opposite CARUSO. MATZENAUER sang KUNDRY, BRUNNHILDE, ISOLDE, AMNERIS, AZUCENA, ERDA, BRANGAENE and sang in 5 languages, many, many roles in a widely diverse rep. RISE STEVENS was THE CARMEN for more than 25 years at the MET and she had movie star looks, appeearing in movies with BING CROSBY AND NELSON EDDY. I am a Wagnerian heldentenor, an opera composer, "Shakespeare" and "The Political Shakespeare" and director of the Richard Wagner Music Drama Institute. My websites where one may download, FREE, my singing in four solo concerts at the Isaac Stern Auditorium of Carnegie Hall by going to "Recorded Selections"; www.WagnerOpera.com, www.ShakespeareOpera.com and www.RichardWagnerMusicDramaInstitute.com. Roles that are represented in my singing to be heard on my websites are: Tristan, Siegfried, Goetterdaemmerung Siegfried, Lohengrin, Parsifal, Siegmund, Walther von Stolzing, Florestan, Federico and Eleazar.

Feb. 23 2013 05:32 PM

You can also look into Sirius Satillite radio & the Met 24/7. Historic & live performances. I don't think they are very expensive.

Feb. 23 2013 03:46 PM

To Mr. Dineen.
If you can afford it buy a cheap PC with a good internet speed & you won't miss a thing. It's a shame that something you have had for yrs. has been taken away from you.

Feb. 23 2013 03:36 PM
Ted Cerame from Perris, California

Carmen is recognized as a popular masterpiece. However, having recently heard a performance of Bizet’s, “The Pearl Fishers’,” the idea arose how refreshing it may be if this neglected work is performed by the greatest Opera Company in the world, the Metropolitan Opera House of New York, hosted by the beloved Margret Junkwait and Ira Siff.

Good listening

Feb. 23 2013 03:34 PM
Dr. Helga Wall-Apelt from Sarasota, FL

How lucky we are due to technology: normally I visit every Opera life at the Met. This time I depend on WQXR to listen to Carmen. Beautifully conducted and sung all the way through. And to listen to Ira's comment is a treat in itself.

Feb. 23 2013 03:00 PM
JIM DINEEN

I AM FRUSTRATED SINCE WQXR WAS SOLD AND IS NOW IMPOSSIBLE TO TO REACH THE SUBURBS - RYE.
..SINCE THE SALE

Feb. 23 2013 03:00 PM
Larry Eisenberg from New York City

Of Bizet's Carmen, I ne'er tire,
The closing scene I most admire,
Musically a delight,
A Libretto that's tight,
Events that transpire are so dire!

Feb. 23 2013 01:42 PM
Steven E Peters from usa

Oh if only Clive B were reviewing today's little charade...../ @-( d`esastre

Feb. 23 2013 01:11 PM

CBC Hope you are well. I kind of agree with you. I can listen to certain operas over & over but not Carmen. Every once in a while Carmen satisfies but not daily.

Feb. 23 2013 12:18 PM
concetta nardone from Nassau

CBC: I've grown a little tired of this opera but will keep my ears open to listen to the tenor. Best wishes

Feb. 23 2013 09:27 AM

CBC I've have this tenor in a Ring recording. He has power & his voice is pleasant. I hope it is enjoyable for all who listen.

Feb. 23 2013 05:14 AM

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