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Carmen, Live from La Scala broadcast | reviews, news & interviews

Carmen, Live from La Scala broadcast

Carmen, Live from La Scala broadcast

Will La Scala's new production of Carmen make a superstar of Anita Rachvelishvili?

Jonas Kaufmann as Don Jose clashes violently with Anita Rachvelishvili's Carmenphoto: Marco Brescia
It was well worth a dash down a rain-deluged Shaftesbury Avenue to catch this live digital broadcast from Milan at the Odeon, Covent Garden. For a start it meant saving a plane fare and a ticket at 250 euros or (much) more, and it also meant eavesdropping in vivid close-up on what may have been a nugget of history in the making at the grand old opera house.

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Kaufmann and Scrott were totally brilliant as was Rachvelishvili's singing but her acting fell short. The crude and ugly addition of blood and violence was a definate minus and I would have bood Emma Dante too.

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