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Christian Dalzon, November 2013

Opus Arte is re-releasing Glyndebourne 2002 Carmen, unquestionably the best available in a plethoric catalogue.

The singing cast is superb…Marcus Haddock admirably conveys Don José’s indecision…Haddock has a ringing tenor and the delivery of “La fleur que tu m’avais jetée…” is exemplary. His Micaëla (Lisa Milne)…is superb and she fits the part with incisive talent. Director McVicar has an interesting reading of the role…Laurent Naouri as Escamillo assumes dead-centre the characteristic pose and attitude of the eternally pompous bullfighter, impeccable also from the vocal side.

Chorus and supporting role are excellent throughout.

For those who enjoy watching conductors, they are in for a treat. The young Swiss conductor Philippe Jordan almost creates a new character in the opera, half-way matador, half-way Flamenco dancer. The end result is impeccable, with tempos perfectly in place. The London Philharmonic is in superb form and produces a wonderful sound throughout.

This Carmen is a complete knock-out. © 2013 Read complete review

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