SALLE WAGRAM, PARIS 20 JUL 1964
STUDIO REMASTERED 2014
2 CD 0825646341108 – 3 LP VINYL 0825646242948 – DIGITAL

Bizet: Carmen

ORCHESTRE DU THÉÂTRE NATIONAL DE L’OPÉRA DE PARIS
CHŒURS RENÉ DUCLOS – CHŒURS D’ENFANTS JEAN PESNEAUD
GEORGES PRÊTRE

Towards the end of Callas’s career, there were many rumours that she was planning to perform Carmen on stage. This was never to be, but Carmen became her penultimate complete recording of an opera – and her only complete recording of a French opera. With Georges Prêtre, one of her favoured conductors, and the ever-stylish Nicolai Gedda as her Don José, she captured every facet of the role. As Gramophone said when the set was first released: ‘Hers is a Carmen to haunt you.’


CARMEN: MARIA CALLAS


DON JOSÉ: NICOLAI GEDDA


MICAËLA: ANDRÉA GUIOT


ESCAMILLO: ROBERT MASSARD


FRASQUITA: NADINE SAUTEREAU


MERCÉDÈS: JANE BERBIÉ


LE DANCAÏRE: JEAN-PAUL VAUQUELIN


LE REMENDADO: JACQUES PRUVOST


LE REMENDADO (CD2, TRACKS 5&7): MAURICE MAIEVSKI


MORALÈS: CLAUDE CALES


ZUNIGA: JACQUES MARS