"There is simply no better introduction to the intricacies and structure of opera than this series from Naxos. Pitched at just the right level for both newcomers to the world of opera or those keen to deepen their understanding of the genre, the informative narration laced with numerous musical extracts from the opera help to build a very cohesive picture of the plots, aims and highlights and thereby greatly enhanced listening enjoyment. The narration by Thomson Smillie cuts to the grist and clearly explains the plot of Carmen and also points out its occasional weaknesses."
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