Bizet: Carmen - Berganza, Domingo, Mitchell, Krause; Abbado. Edinburgh, 1977


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  • Although Teresa Berganza may have lacked the heft of other mezzos who assumed the title part, she creates a fully-realized Carmen who is sensual without letting that become her defining characteristic.
  • Placido Domingo's red-hot José nearly sets the stage ablaze in the final scene.
  • Leona Mitchell delivers a heart-melting Micaëla.
  • Tom Krause is an attractive Escamillo without overdoing the machismo.
  • Having a conductor like Claudio Abbado in the pit goes a long way in displaying the understated genius of Bizet's score.


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OD 11613-2

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