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Bizet: Carmen / Domashenko, Dashuk, Berti, Lombard

Bizet / Domashenko / Dashuk / Berti / Lombard
Release Date: 10/26/2010 
Label:  Arthaus Musik   Catalog #: 107019  
Composer:  Georges Bizet
Performer:  Maya DashukMarina DomashenkoMarco BertiRaymond Aceto
Conductor:  Alain Lombard
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Verona Teatro Arena OrchestraVerona Teatro Arena ChorusBenjamin Britten Children's Choir
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Georges Bizet

CarmenMarina Domashenko
MicaëlaMaya Dashuk
FrasquitaCristina Pastorello
MercédèsMilena Josipovic
Don JoséMarco Berti
EscamilloRaymond Aceto
Le DancaïreMarco Camastra
Le RemendadoAntonio Feltracco
ZuñigaDario Benini
MoralèsRoberto Accurso

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Orchestra, Choir and Corps de Ballet of the Arena di Verona
Alain Lombard
, conductor

Franco Zeffirelli, stage director
Giuseppe de Filippi Venezia, set design
Anna Anni, costumes

Recorded live from the Arena di Verona, 2003.

Picture format: NTSC 16:9

This opulent production was directed by Franco Zeffirelli and sung by an international cast of excellent singer-actors.

The DVD captures a warm summer’s evening in July 2003 when thousands of spectators gathered for the passionate tale of the self-willed gypsy Carmen, staged in front of the imposing backdrop of the Roman amphitheatre, the “Arena di Verona”. Directed by renowned film director Franco Zeffirelli, well-versed in historical (“Jesus of Nazareth”) and operatic (“Callas Forever”) subjects, the famous opera was staged as a colourful feast for the eyes, true to its source and convincingly acted by soloists, chorus and ballet alike. Conducted by Alain Lombard, one of the most experienced opera conductors in Europe, it is a gloriously sung musical experience with one of the most sought after Carmen singers, Marina Domashenko in the title role partnered by Marco Berti in an admirable portrayal of the role of Don José.

Verona’s amphitheatre - known as the ‘arena’ provides an atmospheric setting for the summer festival that assembles the stars of the international opera scene each year. The amphitheatre, which is the second largest of its kind after the Colosseum in Rome, has provided a splendid stage for opera festivals since 1913, its size making it an ideal venue for the presentation of all kinds of events and spectacles.

Sound format: PCM Stereo / Dolby Digital 5.1 / DTS 5.1
Region code: 0 (worldwide)
Menu language: English
Subtitles: Italian, English, German, French, Spanish, Italian, Chinese
Running time: 150 mins
No. of DVDs: 2
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Works on This Recording

Carmen by Georges Bizet
Performer:  Maya Dashuk (Soprano), Marina Domashenko (Mezzo Soprano), Marco Berti (Tenor),
Raymond Aceto (Bass)
Conductor:  Alain Lombard
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Verona Teatro Arena Orchestra,  Verona Teatro Arena Chorus,  Benjamin Britten Children's Choir
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1873-1874; France 

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