After her triumphant success as Carmen in Riga, London, and Munich, Elina Garanca, “the Carmen of our day” (News, Austria), took the Metropolitan Opera by storm when filmed live in January 2010 for this 2-DVD release.
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 Elina Garanca.
Garanca is joined by superstar tenor Roberto Alagna, who gives an impassioned and fiery performance as the infatuated and eventually murderous Don José.
The Wiener Zeitung said it all when it observed of Garanca’s Carmen that “the role and the singer are perfectly matched”.
"…But in its elegant and precise way the Utrecht have made a fine start in their welcome cycle." ~musicweb-international