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Mark Mandel
Opera News, 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

My Classical Notes, October 2011

This prestigious 2011 production from the Gran Teatre del Liceu was staged by the world famous and highly controversial stage director Calixto Bieito, admired for his raw and evocative settings.

Béatrice Uria-Monzon is an excellent singer, and also a terrific actress, which brings a lot of reality to her role. I saw highlights of this opera, and it looked like an exciting and highly emotional performance…

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