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Richard S. Ginell
Los Angeles Times, June 2003

"If the idea of Swedish lieder expert Von Otter playing Carmen strikes you as a gamble, perhaps it shouldn't. She has been cast against type before with startling success, as Baba the Turk in "The Rake's Progress," and here she presents a complete portrait even without looking at all like a Spanish gypsy. Her Carmen has loads of overt sexuality - she languidly glides through the Habanera while sucking on a piece of fruit and then a cigar - and she shows plenty of temperament and fatalism tinged with fear later. Haddock convincingly confronts the riddle of a baby-faced Don Jose capable of smoldering violence, while Naouri's cocksure Escamillo sings the Toreador Song in a deliberately banal way - which is what Bizet probably intended. The dark-shaded Glyndebourne production looks claustrophobic on the small screen, but that's not a bad thing as the grip of violent emotions closes in. Jordan's tempos are on the dot, and the fights and crowd scenes are exuberantly directed. Glyndebourne uses the Opera Comique version with dialogue, which brings out the opera's humor and adds depth to the characters' backgrounds. In one of the plethora of extra features generously crammed into this two-DVD set, McVicar and his singers offer unusually penetrating insight into the characters. Better yet, they follow through in this August performance, tapping deeply into "Carmen's" ambiguous soul. ***1/2 Stars."



Olin Chism
The Dallas Morning News, June 2003

"Anne Sofie von Otter is a wonderfully sexy Carmen. And she has strong support from French conductor Philippe Jordan and a solid cast - Marcus Haddock is Don Jose - in this Glyndebourne Festival Opera performance. The production is traditional. One of 10 most memorable releases in 2003."



Olin Chism
The Dallas Morning News

"Anne Sofie von Otter is a wonderfully sexy Carmen. And she has strong support from French conductor Philippe Jordan and a solid cast - Marcus Haddock is Don Jose - in this Glyndebourne Festival Opera performance. The production is traditional. One of 10 most memorable releases in 2003."






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