, April 2012
BIZET, G.: Carmen (Liceu, 2010) (NTSC) 707308
BIZET, G.: Carmen (Liceu, 2010) (Blu-ray, HD) 707404
…in this 2010 Barcelona performance, the most excitingly directed Carmen I’ve seen. Energy is one of its characteristics—energy from the stage animals in the four main roles and energy from the Liceu choristers…It’s a triumph of theater and people over pageantry. Focus is another hallmark of this show, for Bieito strips Carmen of its usual settings and distracting clichés…and stages the entire drama in a circle of light…
Acting Carmen, Uria-Monzon…is in strong voice from the seguidilla on. Roberto Alagna as José is in great voice throughout. He is lyrical in the duet with Micaela and in the flower song…passionate and focused in the finales of the last two acts.
Marina Poplavskaya…is one tough cookie, with unprecedented strength of character. Erwin Schrott’s suave, self-effacing Escamillo…varies tone color…The Liceu chorus is terrific.
Paris-born Marc Piollet conducts vividly, without one slow or overly fast tempo…an ideal Carmen for those who have seen many. © 2012 Opera News Read complete review