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Eric Myers
Opera News, August 2016

…British mezzo Christine Rice, is a fine singing actress with a velvety, seductive voice.

Hymel’s sensitive portrayal makes José heartbreaking, earning the opera’s usual classification as a tragedy. Hymel uses legato nicely to convey José’s inner softness, as in the flower song, and he’s charming in his Act I duet with Micaela. His Micaela, Maija Kova─╝evska, is firm and resolute, with a lovely soprano whose ringing upper register blazes.

…the playing of the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, under the strong conducting of Constantinos Carydis, is a pleasure. © 2016 Opera News Read complete review

Janos Gardonyi
The WholeNote, May 2016

The role of Carmen is certainly what makes or breaks this opera and ROH chose mellifluous British mezzo Christine Rice who puts in an energetic and compelling performance and develops her character nicely from a seductress to tragic, defiant heroine, but the seconda donna, Maija Kova─╝evska (Micaela), an already highly accomplished Latvian soprano of wonderful stage presence, is a nice surprise and a joy to hear and behold. © 2016 The WholeNote Read complete review

Mark Pullinger
Gramophone, May 2016

BIZET, G.: Carmen (Royal Opera House, 2011) (NTSC) OA1197D
BIZET, G.: Carmen (Royal Opera House, 2011) (2D Blu-ray, HD) OABD7188D

Hymel is on good form, …He excels in French repertoire and his ‘La fleur que tu m’avais jetée’ is a highlight of the evening. Maija Kovalevska’s Micaëla is touching, with pleasing tone, affectingly acted. …Among the supporting cast, Nicolas Courjal is a suave Zuniga. Arthur Pita’s choreography adds authentic flamenco flair. Constantinos Carydis conducts sensitively… © 2016 Gramophone Read complete review

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