Elina Garanca: Carmen, Roberto Alagna: Don Jose, Trevor Scheunemann: Morales, Barbara Frittoli: Micaela, Keith Miller: Zuniga, Elizabeth Caballero: Frasquita, Sandra Piques Eddy: Mercedes, Teddy Tahu Rhodes: Escamillo, Earle Patriarco: Dancaire, Keith Jameson: Remandado
Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus, Yannick Nézet-Séguin
Georges Bizet: Carmen
Gramophone DVD of the Month - November 2010
After her triumphant success as Carmen in Riga, London, and Munich, Elîna Garanca, “the Carmen of our day” (News, Austria), took the Met by storm when filmed live in January 2010.
Every generation has its “go to” Carmen. In 2010, the list of definitive gypsy seductresses – glittering with names like Baltsa, Bumbry, Calvé, Farrar, and Stevens – is enriched by the addition of Elîna Garanca.
The Wiener Zeitung said it all when it observed of Garanca’s Carmen that “the role and the singer are perfectly matched”.
This production was also seen at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden in 2009 with Garanca and Alagna in the lead roles.