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Callas Edition - Bizet: Carmen / Prêtre, Guiot, Gedda, Et Al

Release Date: 08/19/1997 
Label:  Emi Classics   Catalog #: 56281   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Georges Bizet
Performer:  Andréa GuiotNadine SautereauJean-Paul VauquelinMaria Callas,   ... 
Conductor:  Georges Prêtre
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Paris Opera OrchestraRené Duclos ChorusJean Pesneaud Children's Choir
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 2 Hours 26 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Maria Callas never sang Carmen on-stage, but the role seems custom-made for her strengths -- Carmen is fiery, volatile, infuriating, seductive -- and Callas is such a superb singing actress that she conveys the character's complexity with rare effectiveness. The critical acclaim and public affection for Callas' Carmen put it very high on any list of preferred versions of the opera. She has a terrific supporting cast, including Nicolai Gedda who is in excellent voice and who makes a believable, tragic Don José, a performance that has been deemed among the finest of his career. Andréa Guiot is a sweet Micaëla, and the rest of the cast is strong. Georges Prêtre leads l'Orchestre du Théâtre Nationale de Read more l'Opéra and the Choeurs René Duclos in an exciting, idiomatic reading of the opera. EMI's sound is clean and present.

-- All Music Guide
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Works on This Recording

Carmen by Georges Bizet
Performer:  Andréa Guiot (Soprano), Nadine Sautereau (Soprano), Jean-Paul Vauquelin (Tenor),
Maria Callas (Soprano), Nicolai Gedda (Tenor), Robert Massard (Baritone),
Jane Berbié (Soprano), Jacques Pruvost (Tenor), Maurice Maievski (Tenor),
Claude Calès (Baritone), Jacques Mars (Bass)
Conductor:  Georges Prêtre
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Paris Opera Orchestra,  René Duclos Chorus,  Jean Pesneaud Children's Choir
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1873-1874; France 
Date of Recording: 07/1964 
Venue:  Wagram Hall, Paris, France 
Length: 146 Minutes 23 Secs. 
Language: French 

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  2 Customer Reviews )
 good May 5, 2013 By C. LIU (Urbana, IL) See All My Reviews "a classical edition. of course Maria Callas is a excellent Carmen and Pretre is my favorite conductor. a French Opera directed by French conductor is worth listening~" Report Abuse
 This one is a winner May 3, 2013 By J. Tatnall (West Grove, PA) See All My Reviews "This is the old standard version with recits. There is much to like in it: a dynamic yet idiomatic conductor, excellent sound, fine voices, idiomatic chorus and orchestra. What's missing? Not that much. A gripping performance; I return to it time and again. Callas is a fine Carmen and her dark tones are bewitching...very appropriate." Report Abuse
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