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Elliot Fisch
American Record Guide, May 2017

Christine Rice plays Carmen as a tramp who sings very well with a deep, smoky, and sultry mezzo-soprano that adds to her sexual characterization. …Maija Kova─╝evska’s Micaela convincingly acts as the innocent thrown into this boiling pot and still manages to sing beautifully.

What elevates this production to a different level is Bryan Hymel’s outstanding Don Jose. His baritonal tenor voice and singing is controlled and dramatic, and his acting is truly convincing.

The orchestral playing is excellent, and conductor Carydis makes the most of the key music and dramatic moments. © 2017 American Record Guide Read complete review on American Record Guide



James A Altena
Fanfare, September 2016

…the vocal cast is extremely strong throughout. Christine Rice is a terrific Carmen, with a wonderfully rich, expressive voice, impeccable technique (listen to how cleanly, precisely, and naturally she articulates the rapid turns and embellishments in her lines!), and sure-fire dramatic interpretive instincts. There are very few other singers who currently can equal her in this role. …[Bryan Hymel’s] timbre is much darker—very throaty, almost a tenor brutta but with a brighter extension on top. Of course, that suits the character of Don José very well, so it may be a deliberately adopted vocal coloration; in any case, he has the power, stamina, and flexibility his part requires, and he sings and acts with great passion. Maija Kova─╝evska is likewise an excellent Michaëla, wielding a beautifully clear, bright, but never piercing or acidic soprano to perfect effect for conveying the essential goodness of her character, blending innocent sweetness with the underlying strength of virtue. …The orchestra plays superbly, and conductor Constantinos Carydis has a fine command of the score… © 2016 Fanfare Read complete review



Michael Cookson
MusicWeb International, June 2016

With an excellent libretto and containing music where one smash hit tune follows another, Carmen has an enduring popularity.

Excellent work from the well prepared chorus together with well paced, stirring playing from Orchestra of the Royal Opera House under the responsive control of conductor Constantinos Carydis. © 2016 MusicWeb International 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 on Gramophone





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