BIZET Carmen / Kasarova, Kaufmann, Welser-Möst

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GEORGES BIZET

Carmen
Vesselina Kasarova · Jonas Kaufmann
Isabel Rey · Michele Pertusi
Chor und Orchester der Oper Zürich
Franz Welser-Möst

Staged by Matthias Hartmann
Int. Release 15 Sep. 2014
1 Blu-ray Video
0440 074 3882 4 Blu-ray Video DH
DVD-Video NTSC DH


Track List

Georges Bizet (1838 - 1875)
Carmen

Act 1

1.
4:10

Philharmonia Zurich, Franz Welser-Möst

Isabel Rey, Kresimir Strazanac, Chorus of the Opernhaus, Zurich, Philharmonia Zurich, Franz Welser-Möst

Jonas Kaufmann, Kresimir Strazanac, Chorus of the Opernhaus, Zurich, Philharmonia Zurich, Franz Welser-Möst

Jonas Kaufmann, Morgan Moody, Philharmonia Zurich, Franz Welser-Möst

Chorus of the Opernhaus, Zurich, Philharmonia Zurich, Franz Welser-Möst

Vesselina Kasarova, Chorus of the Opernhaus, Zurich, Philharmonia Zurich, Franz Welser-Möst

Chorus of the Opernhaus, Zurich, Philharmonia Zurich, Franz Welser-Möst

Jonas Kaufmann, Isabel Rey, Philharmonia Zurich, Franz Welser-Möst

Morgan Moody, Chorus of the Opernhaus, Zurich, Philharmonia Zurich, Franz Welser-Möst

Jonas Kaufmann, Vesselina Kasarova, Morgan Moody, Chorus of the Opernhaus, Zurich, Philharmonia Zurich, Franz Welser-Möst

Jonas Kaufmann, Vesselina Kasarova, Philharmonia Zurich, Franz Welser-Möst

Jonas Kaufmann, Vesselina Kasarova, Morgan Moody, Philharmonia Zurich, Franz Welser-Möst

14.
1:35

Philharmonia Zurich, Franz Welser-Möst

Act 2

Vesselina Kasarova, Sen Guo, Judith Schmid, Philharmonia Zurich, Franz Welser-Möst

Vesselina Kasarova, Sen Guo, Morgan Moody, Philharmonia Zurich, Franz Welser-Möst

Chorus of the Opernhaus, Zurich, Sen Guo, Judith Schmid, Vesselina Kasarova, Michele Pertusi, Kresimir Strazanac, Morgan Moody, Philharmonia Zurich, Franz Welser-Möst

Michele Pertusi, Philharmonia Zurich, Franz Welser-Möst

Sen Guo, Judith Schmid, Vesselina Kasarova, Kresimir Strazanac, Morgan Moody, Michele Pertusi, Chorus of the Opernhaus, Zurich, Philharmonia Zurich, Franz Welser-Möst

Michele Pertusi, Vesselina Kasarova, Morgan Moody, Sen Guo, Gabriel Bermúdez, Chorus of the Opernhaus, Zurich, Philharmonia Zurich, Franz Welser-Möst

Gabriel Bermúdez, Sen Guo, Judith Schmid, Javier Camarena, Vesselina Kasarova, Chorus of the Opernhaus, Zurich, Philharmonia Zurich, Franz Welser-Möst

Gabriel Bermúdez, Vesselina Kasarova, Javier Camarena, Philharmonia Zurich, Franz Welser-Möst

Jonas Kaufmann, Vesselina Kasarova, Sen Guo, Judith Schmid, Gabriel Bermúdez, Javier Camarena, Philharmonia Zurich, Franz Welser-Möst

Jonas Kaufmann, Vesselina Kasarova, Philharmonia Zurich, Franz Welser-Möst

Morgan Moody, Jonas Kaufmann, Vesselina Kasarova, Javier Camarena, Gabriel Bermúdez, Philharmonia Zurich, Franz Welser-Möst

30.
2:31

Philharmonia Zurich, Franz Welser-Möst

Act 3

Sen Guo, Judith Schmid, Vesselina Kasarova, Jonas Kaufmann, Gabriel Bermúdez, Javier Camarena, Philharmonia Zurich, Franz Welser-Möst

Gabriel Bermúdez, Jonas Kaufmann, Vesselina Kasarova, Philharmonia Zurich, Franz Welser-Möst

Sen Guo, Judith Schmid, Vesselina Kasarova, Philharmonia Zurich, Franz Welser-Möst

Vesselina Kasarova, Gabriel Bermúdez, Sen Guo, Judith Schmid, Michele Pertusi, Javier Camarena, Chorus of the Opernhaus, Zurich, Philharmonia Zurich, Franz Welser-Möst

Isabel Rey, Philharmonia Zurich, Franz Welser-Möst

Isabel Rey, Michele Pertusi, Jonas Kaufmann, Philharmonia Zurich, Franz Welser-Möst

Michele Pertusi, Jonas Kaufmann, Philharmonia Zurich, Franz Welser-Möst

Vesselina Kasarova, Michele Pertusi, Gabriel Bermúdez, Jonas Kaufmann, Chorus of the Opernhaus, Zurich, Philharmonia Zurich, Franz Welser-Möst

Javier Camarena, Vesselina Kasarova, Gabriel Bermúdez, Jonas Kaufmann, Isabel Rey, Michele Pertusi, Sen Guo, Judith Schmid, Chorus of the Opernhaus, Zurich, Philharmonia Zurich, Franz Welser-Möst

Philharmonia Zurich, Franz Welser-Möst

Act 4

Michele Pertusi, Vesselina Kasarova, Sen Guo, Judith Schmid, Chorus of the Opernhaus, Zurich, Philharmonia Zurich, Franz Welser-Möst

Vesselina Kasarova, Jonas Kaufmann, Chorus of the Opernhaus, Zurich, Philharmonia Zurich, Franz Welser-Möst

Jonas Kaufmann, Vesselina Kasarova, Isabel Rey, Michele Pertusi, Chorus of the Opernhaus, Zurich, Philharmonia Zurich, Franz Welser-Möst

Total Playing Time: 2:45:11

. . . [Kaufmann] looks great and the voice is in superb form, able to spin out long, legato lines softly and to release cascades of power when needed . . . [Michele Pertusi] sings the role handsomely and is particularly impressive in the third-act duet with Kaufmann. Isabel Rey's Micaela is [well-sung] . . . The others -- gypsies, smugglers, soldiers -- are all top notch . . . Franz Welser-Möst¿s leadership is classy and never less than expert . . .

. . . this is as fine a "Carmen". . . Tenor Jonas Kaufmann is an immaculate Don José, living each turn of the drama vocally and with the desperation of his desire for Carmen etched into every note of their final murderous encounter. For once Escamillo is more than a hunk with the best-known tune in the opera as bass-baritone Michele Pertusi finds dignity and even a sense of humour in the matador . . . [mezzo-soprano Vesselina Kasarova's Carmen] makes this production unforgettable. Not just her smoky mezzo dipping down into the chest register in the "Habanera", but her gifts as an actress . . . All praise, too, for conductor Franz Welser-Möst and the Zurich Opera House Orchestra. Their playing is crisp and clean with tempos that resist any temptation to linger and so sentimentalise the score.