With this festival performance from the Zurich Opera, Georges Bizet’s classic opera features the great Vesselina Kasarova makes her long-awaited debut in one of the greatest mezzo roles in the operatic repertoire: Carmen.
She has a partner of equal stature in Jonas Kaufmann’s Don José, who, in Director Matthias Hartmann’s production, believably undergoes a transformation from repressed mama’s boy to passionate, jealousy-crazed hothead. With “the looks and nonchalance of a rock star” (New York Magazine), Kaufmann is being handled as “arguably the greatest tenor of the past 50 years” (The Guardian).
In the orchestra pit, conductor Franz Welser-Möst highlights the crisp, French contours of Bizet’s 1875 opera. Caressing the soloists’ voices, the orchestra of the Zurich Opera seems to respond almost improvisationally to the many subtle shadings of the protagonists, especially Kasarova’s.
Sung in French with English Subtitles; Running time 2 hours and 45 minutes
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