If Herbert von Karajan continues to be a looming presence in today's
classical music world, then it is not only because of his more than 800
records and CDs, but also because of the many hours of video recordings
which he produced over the course of many years. He began preserving his
performances on film back in 1965 with "La Bohème". His "Carmen" is based
on his 1966 production for the Salzburg Festival with Grace Bumbry - one
of the greatest interpreters of the title role in our time -, Jon Vickers,
Mirella Freni and Justino Diaz in the lead roles. Perhaps the most popular
opera in the world today, "Carmen" began its life as a failure when it was
premiered in Paris in 1875. Tchaikovsky, however, who was in Paris at the
time, prophesied that the opera would be a global success in only ten
years. It took a little longer, but his prophecy did come true. And with
numbers such as the "Habanera", the "Toreador Song", the "Seguidilla" and
the "Flower Song", how could the prophecy not come true?

Composer: Georges Bizet
Title: Carmen
Conductor: Herbert von Karajan
Staged By: Herbert von Karajan
Soloist: Grace Bumbry, Jon Vickers, Justino Díaz, Mirella Freni, Olivera Miljakovic, Julia Hamari, Kurt Equiluz
Set: Teo Otto
Orchestra: Wiener Philharmoniker
Chorus: Chor der Wiener Staatsoper
Danced by: Ballet de España
Video Director: Herbert von Karajan
Genre: Opera
Length: 162 minutes
Cat.No.: A05003129
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