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Survey results


As usual, in addition to the Jury ratings we also conducted a survey into whether Jury members want to see this production again, would buy or recommend the disc and how they feel it compares with “being there”.


"Would you like to see this production again, on TV or in  the cinema?"
35% answered "Certainly" or "Probably"

"Will you add this DVD/Blu-Ray to your own collection?"
12% answered "Certainly" or "Probably"

Will you recommend this DVD/Blu-Ray to your family and friends?"
45% answered "Certainly" or "Probably"


And finally...

"How does this HD experience compare with attending a live performance?"
55% answered "Significantly better, rather better or comparable.









on Sydney





A spectacular new production of Bizet's steamy love story on a stage suspended above Sydney Harbour!


Naive young solider Don Jose (Dmytro Popov) becomes so enthralled by fiery gyspy Carmen (Rinat Shaham) that he deserts the army and abandons his childhood sweetheart. But Carmen soon falls for glamorous, dashing toreador Escamillo (Andrew Jones). Consumed by jealousy, Don Jose exacts a terrible revenge. Driven by gorgeous melodies and blazing Spanish rhythms, this timeless tale of lust and tragedy is one of the world's most popular operas.


Innovative director Gale Edwards's breathtaking new outdoor production

of Bizet's seductive masterpiece is set on a stage suspended above the water on Sydney Harbour. In the title role, Israeli born mezzo-soprano Rinat Shaham demonstrates why she has become one of the world's most acclaimed Carmens. Award-winning designers Brian Thomson and Julie Lynch have created an awe-inspiring set filled with richly-costumed soldiers, smugglers, matadors and swirling flamenco dancers.



Quotes from the Jury:

“An extraordinarily original production. Interesting use of space. Very impressive choreography.

« Spectacle interprété et conçu par des « étrangers » à la culture andalouse mais j’ai bien aimé le décor de l’arène et les ballets. J’ai trouvé que les micros altèrent les voix un peu. Escamillo moins bien que les autres chanteurs.»

“An interesting experience. Lucky to have an opportunity to see ballet on a big screen in such quality.

« Comme j’ai vu de nombreuses Carmen au théâtre et au cinéma, je situe ce spectacle dans la moyenne.L’aspect « espagnolade » est un peu trop accentué à mon goût. Mais je reconnais qu’il est agréable, très enlevé et dynamique. Le cadre du théatre aquatique est fabuleux. J’ai particulièrement apprécié le chanteur qui a interprété Don José et la chanteuse qui interprétée Micaela... »  

Very fine production, in particular I thought the chorus were very good. Excellent sound for an open-air performance.

« Le spectacle est assez surprenante, la première partie ayant un aspect parfois comique ou délirant. Cependant les costumes sont très bien, presque authentiques, les ballets sont de qualité particulièrement celui qui représente le mime du travail du torero. Les voix de Carmen, Don José et Micaela sont magnifiques »   

It was a joy to hear the full opera performed so well and to be reminded what a brilliantly written piece of music it is. I personally feel that there are more layers to be found in the characters' very complicated psychology and how they interact. Still, it was a bold and very entertaining show, particularly Don José, Michaela,, the quintet at the beginning of Act II and Carmen herself.

« Mise en scène exemplaire (dans un lieu spectaculaire!) Carmen et Micaela remarquables pour leur voix ET pour leur présence sur scéne. Bravo ! »

“Fantastic location - an opera with the most beautiful opera house in the world as the background. An amazing conception!

« Belle mise en scène, costumes magnifiques un peu à la limite de comédie musicale parfois— voix correctes dans l’ensemble mais pas « transcendantes ». Un agréable moment. »



Jury ratings:
Production, staging, lighting: A-

Singing / performance: B+

HDVD production: A


Overall ranking: A-


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