Although, I didn't feel the same kind of exuberance from the ROH Carmen compared to the richly imaginative and inventive version at the Albert Hall in the spring, it is still remarkably good. Elina Garanca makes a sultry tigress and sings and dances up a storm opposite the excellent Roberto Alagna while Ildebrando D’Arcangelo made a stately if uninspired Escamillo. The final act is a glittering circus with acrobats, sequined-suited matadors and Carmen arriving on horseback. I've always thought Carmen was the closest opera to a stage musical (hence, the success of Carmen Jones) and this version confirms my opinion. It's lavish, spectacular, thrilling and Bizet's score is sublime. A real treat. - DJ
19 Oct 09
Alagna's voice was not tired last Tuesday night, and he and Garanca suited eachother perfectly - acting splendid and outcome, given the characterisations, entirely predictable. Alagna, especially, really heartrending in final act. Set so-so, d'Arcangelo weak, animals unnecessary but, overall, great evening. - KA
15 Oct 09
Having seen Alagna before I wasnt expecting to be overwhelmed. I was pleasantly surprised however and he is perfect for this role and hit pretty much all the right notes to my ears. I disagree with the main review I thought the staging was fantiastic and really transported the audience to another land. Garanca was a sensational Carmen beautiful with a voice under total control. I also disagree with the review of Michaela - I thought she brought wonderful technique and real emotion to her part. Perhaps she had a good night when I went (Saturday 10th OCtober) because the audience loved her.
All in all a great show - opera for the masses. - Frankfurterblue
12 Oct 09
A regular staple production - easy for casual opera-goers to enjoy. I thought Garanca was excellent, Alagna improved as he went along - he was truly unhinged at the end. His voice at its intermittent best was gorgeous. D'Arcangelo should stick to bel canto and Mozart where the lighter orchestration allows him to sound really good. Overall enjoyable. - Operabuff
05 Oct 09
I didn't know what to expect as I tend to go to Handel or Wagner operas. I was pleasantly surprised. I thought Elena Garanca was fantastic and that should could/would bewitch. Having never heard Alagna live I didn't sense his voice was tired - I loved it and his acting was convincing. The Torreodor I agree was the weakest link - he was drowned out by the orchestra. Personally I liked the stage sets tho' not sure there is a real need for live animals! - Frankie
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