Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
|Franck Leguerinel, Olivier Lallouette, Vincent le Texier|
Bizet: Carmen / Lombard
From Buenos Aires to Tokyo, Carmen is often performed at the world?s great opera houses. Different directors see her as a whore or as a fickle woman, as a fiery brunette or as a gypsy sorceress; but Carmen also has a sense... more »
From Buenos Aires to Tokyo, Carmen is often performed at the world?s great opera houses. Different directors see her as a whore or as a fickle woman, as a fiery brunette or as a gypsy sorceress; but Carmen also has a sense of humour, and she is goodhearted and warm. Her personality has captivated audiences everywhere; it is complex and the singer who takes on the role must have not only a strong character but also a keen sense of drama and great stamina, for the role is very demanding. Béatrice Uria-Monzon has been performing this role brilliantly for several years now; she has sung Carmen all over the world. Today she is recognised as an ideal Carmen, with just the right physique and vocal qualities, and she lives the role of the gypsy girl like no one else. She is full of charm in the habanera (?L?amour est un oiseau rebelle?), sensual in her dance for Don José in Act II, sombre in Act III, and finally steadfast and resolute as she faces death at the end. The various productions in which Béatrice Uria-Monzon has taken part have enabled her to discover and delve deeply into the various facets of Carmen?s character, and the vision she now presents is quite amazing. Seeing her on stage and listening to her are unforgettable experiences; she bewitches Don José and audiences alike.
The one I return to more than any other
Ronald F. Payne | Alexandria, VA United States | 04/22/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This inexpensive recording doesn't boast high wattage stars. Maybe that's why the story really comes across. I love "Carmen". It was my introduction to opera 40 years ago. I have the Bumbry, Price, Crespin, De Los Angeles, Horne, Stevens, Troyanos, Berganza in my collection, and I know the Callas, Resnik, and Migenes. I love certain things about all of them. But this recording featuring Uria-Monzon is the one I come back to when I want to hear the opera complete as a performance. It is well balanced, in very good sound, and it has a satisfying performance flow with a committed ensemble cast. It manages to integrate both the intimate scenes with the theatrically grand scenes most naturally. You're hardly aware that there's a conductor on the podium, so naturally does the music directly engage the listener. This recording is now my recommended 1st choice of a "Carmen". But be warned, it you like your "Carmen"s Grand Opera-ish, you might not like this as much as I do."