Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Opera Wednesday

Carmen is my second-favorite Bizet opera, after Les pêcheurs de perles (The Pearl Fishers). Of course, Bizet only wrote two operas, and most people think of Carmen when they think of him. No wonder why; when done well, it's one of the most dynamic, explosive operas in the repertoire, with some of the most famous music in opera.

In today's clip, we see Elina Garancia as Carmen, performing the opening act aria "L'amour est un oiseau rebelle" in a 2010 performance at the Metropolitan Opera. Yannick Nézet-Séguin, the principal conductor-designate at the Met (not one of my favorite conductors, but then they didn't ask me) is at the podium.

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