Carmen in Wiener Staatsoper, not a Premiere as in Zürich,  but the 109th performance of Franco Zeffirelli's wonderful Carmen.  The sets was wonderful, the costumes too. Agnes Baltsa got better and better in the performance, Richard Leech was a wonderful Don Jose,  Anja Hartelos was wonderful as Micaela. Frasquita and Mercedes was wonderfully portrayed by Simina Ivan and Stella Grigorian. I didn't like Escamillo, Egils Silins, but he was good. Needless to say I  loved it.

2002-06-23 Carmen (G. Bizet), Wiener Staatsoper

Carmen = Agnes Baltsa
Don José = Richard Leech
Escamillo =  Egils Silins
Micaëla = Anja Harteros
Frasquita = Simina Ivan
Mercedes = Stella Grigorian
Zuniga = Goran Simic
Morales = Yu Chen
Remendado = Walter Pauritsch
Dancairo = Markus Nieminen
Lillas Pastia = Csaba Markovits

Jun Märkl, conductor

Inszenierung und  Bühnenbild - Franco Zeffirelli
Kostüme - Leo Bei
Choreographie - Rafael de Cordova
Chorleitung - Ernst Dunshirn
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