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The curtain rose on post World War II Seville. Neil Patel's scenery was attractive and functional, but Kersti Vitali Rudolfsson's costumes were rather plain. Stage director Lars Rudolfson kept the plot moving to its inevitable conclusion and allowed the singers to create recognizable characters.

Anne-Sofie von Otter in the Santa Fe Opera production of Bizet's 'Carmen'. Photo © 2006 Ken Howard
Anne-Sofie von Otter in the Santa Fe Opera production of Bizet's 'Carmen'. Photo © 2006 Ken Howard

Anne Sofie von Otter was a lyrical, rather tame Spanish gypsy. Her French diction was excellent and she created a believable character who was very different and much more vulnerable than the one most opera goers have in mind. As Don José, William Joyner was a rough sounding, intense lover who gave a forceful portrayal of his role.

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Copyright © 20 August 2006 Maria Nockin, Arizona USA

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