Then it was Don José who was always Carreras for me. But with Teresa Berganza Plácido Domingo is just wonderful as Don José.
Berganza · Domingo · Milnes
Cotrubas · Kenny · Nafé · Lloyd
George Watson's College
London Symphony Orchestra
Int. Release 01 Feb. 2005
2 CDs / Download
Baltsa · Carreras
Ricciarelli · van Dam
Choeurs de l'Opéra de Paris
Herbert von Karajan
Int. Release 05 Sep. 1983
3 CDs / Download
In the edition with Teresa Berganza and Plácido Domingo you got two singers in excellent form and the singers are doing their own dialogue which is a plus. Especially since the dialogue does tell so much about who this Carmen is.
Unfortunately Karajan never trusted Agnes Baltsa and José Carreras (etc.) to do their own dialogue so the dialogue Carmen is a vulgar woman but Baltsa's Carmen is nothing like that. The dialogue Don José has no backbone which Carreras' Don José certainly has.
My dream Carmen would be Baltsa, Carreras, Ricciarelli and Ruggero Raimondi. Or Berganza, Domingo, Ricciarelli and Ruggero Raimondi. Or Berganza, Carreras, Ricciarelli and Ruggero Raimondi. Or Baltsa, Domingo, Ricciarelli and Ruggero Raimondi. (with the singers doing their own dialogue)
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