Bizet: Carmen (In German) - Silja, Hopferweiser, Shade, Königer; von Dohnanyi. Frankfurt, 1973
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Anja Silja and Christoph von Dohnanyi collaborated often during their marriage. This performance of Carmen marks one of those collaborations that would extend to almost every corner of the soprano (and here mezzo) repertoire. Her voice is not lush like some of the other great Carmens but she exudes a tom-boyish sensuality. She sings the Habanera almost in a Marlena Dietrich style which is very effective. The other stand-out of the cast is Ellen Shade as Micaela. Here aria is gorgeous and almost steals the show.