Karajan conducts Bizet: Carmen
Opera

Karajan conducts Bizet: Carmen

Wiener Philharmoniker

Production Date: 01/01/1967
162 Min

Herbert von Karajan was a pioneer in countless ways, and few great 20th century conductors were swifter to embrace the possibilities of film and television. Even today, this 1967 movie of Karajan’s Salzburg Festival production of Bizet’s Carmen feels ahead of its time – a wonderfully colourful reimagination of the original staging, which combines the immediacy of a live theatrical performance with a truly cinematic flair. But at its heart is a line-up of performers who practically set the stage on fire, with two unquestioned greats – the American mezzo Grace Bumbry and the inimitable Jon Vickers – as Carmen and Don José.

Soloists
Grace Bumbry (Mezzo-Soprano), Anton Diakov (Bass), Justino Díaz (Baritone), Kurt Equiluz (Tenor), Mirella Freni (Soprano), Julia Hamari (Contralto), Robert Kerns (Baritone), Olivera Miljakovic (Soprano), Milen Paunov (Tenor), Jon Vickers (Tenor)
Ensembles
Chor der Wiener Staatsoper, Wiener Philharmoniker
Conductor
Herbert von Karajan

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