Carmen is my first opera of 2010! It was supposed to be Angela Gheorghiu in the title role. But she dropped out for personal reasons (her soon to be ex is singing Don José). I say who cares anyway? We've got Elīna Garanča instead!
Conductor: Yannick Nézet-Séguin
Carmen: Elina Garanca
Micaela: Barbara Frittoli
Don José: Roberto Alagna
Escamillo: Mariusz Kwiecien
Tuesday, January 05, 2010
Tonight: Carmen at the Metropolitan Opera
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I am liking Frittoli and Alagna just as much as Garanca. If only Samuel Ramey were singing Escamillo, then we would have a nearly unparallelled cast. I own the EMI recording of this opera starring Victoria de los Angeles and Nicolai Gedda, and it is superb under the directon of Thomas Beecham. If you ever have the chance to hear it, do not hesitate to do so. I am glad to see from your posts that you had such an excellent holiday season!
Thanks Tyler but Samuel Ramey is awful - his warble is so wide you could drive an 18 wheeler through it. I always dread having to hear him sing at galas or the Met.
What I meant to say was Samuel Ramey in prime form, which was some time ago. I agree that he is not what he once was, and I direct your attention to an evidence of that fact, which is that he is not singing so much anymore.
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