, January 2014
…the whole entire video works for one simple reason: from start to finish, it is beautifully sung and acted, without a single false note from anyone in the cast. Rinat Shaham in the title role must be singled out for praise—her mezzo-soprano is a beautiful column of sound from top to bottom, and she can color her voice to seem alternately seductive, kittenish, ominous, desperate, and defiant. An A+ performance from Shaham and worth the price of the video alone.
Ukrainian tenor Dmytro Popov…[is] outstanding. He doesn’t push or belt his voice—he sings his heart out to Carmen, and his increasing desperation is heart-rending. Shaham and Popov’s chemistry and wonderful singing make Bizet’s drama front and center…
The rest of the cast is respectable…
…Rinat Shaham and Dmytro Popov sing their hearts out and make this video well worth owning. © 2014 Parterre Box Read complete review