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John Sunier
Audiophile Audition, July 2012

Now with 3D the last step in bringing the viewer onto the opera stage has been achieved. You get a view you could only dream of. It works amazingly well, making me want to see other operas in 3D ASAP.

There is a depth of field behind all the singers, and it’s real—not something dreamt up by the stage designer. You get a feeling of intimacy with the characters on the stage, drawing you more into the opera. You get a taste of the realism to come in the opening backstage shots and of the audience in the opera theater. You really feel as though you are there.

The four leads are all excellent in both vocal form and acting. Christine Rice’s Carmen is suitably sexy and outrageous, and Greek baritone Argiris makes a suitably swaggering Escamillo. This production found good and attractive primary singers, and the crowd scenes are to be commended for not being all attractive bodies…the 3D does make you feel part of the production—gives you a unique sense of scale. © 2012 Audiophile Audition Read complete review

Nicholas Sheffo
Fulvue Drive-in, April 2012

…Stage Director Francesca Zambello and Conductor Constantinos Carydis…deliver [Carmen] with energy and a flow that gives it as much life as I have ever seen in a production of it and the cast (including Christine Rice, Bryan Hymel, Aris Argiris and Maija Kovalevska) have the kind of chemistry we have come to expect from the best Opera Blu-rays…the 3D is so interesting and done in a smart way that it overcomes any of the limits we might get in a 2D HD presentation and any 3D fans should want to get this disc because it is so different and effective. Credit also needs to go to camera-version director Julian Napier for not overdoing the 3D. © 2012 Fulvue Drive-in Read complete review

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