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Carmen - Met in HD

By rjpoquette
Written May 04, 2015
Enjoyed it even more than the original live broadcast in 2010
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MUST GO

By j.spedding
Written March 30, 2015
This was the best production of Carmen I've seen. Don't miss it!
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lmosk

By lmosk
Written January 27, 2015
This was a very powerful performance. Two things bothered me however. The dances at the beginning of acts ! &3 although pretty were out of line and did not belong. Second, Carmen, doing the Gypsy dance in act 2 did not perform with castanets. The castanets enhance the dance. There was a touch of castanets in the background, but barely discernible.
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the Met HD Carmen

By dlcatt
Written June 20, 2013
This opera with my favorite tenor, Roberto Alagna, was terrific. Loved the action, fast paced story line. Carmen didn't have those show stopper duets, but it was still wonderfully preformed. If your an Opera fun, I say GO
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CARMEN at Loew's Kips Bay

By Bill_Hood
Written June 20, 2013
The Met's 2010 CARMEN with the original cast may have brought together the greatest production and the greatest singers alive for their roles in one astounding musical experience. It is a triumph and I was eager to see it for the third time in Live in HD from the Met. As usual, the Met's digital HD recording was fabulous, revealing aspects of the score and the acting that no one could have seen live in the theater. The problem -- and it was a huge problem -- is the sound system in Theater 5 at Loew's Kips Bay. It would have been bad under any circumstances, but in light of this CARMEN it was a disaster and a sacrilege. The sound was too bright and too loud; the highest pitches rattled the speakers; the lower registers were muffled; and the voices were so far in front of the orchestra as to betray entirely Bizet's dazzling interchange of musical ideas. Compare the sound at the Ziegfield on West 53rd St and you'll hear what I mean. Really disgraceful.
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