Christmas in Vienna 2016: the complete concert, produced and broadcast by the ORF. Soloists: Angela Denoke (soprano), Vesselina Kasarova (soprano), Noah Stewart (tenor), Günter Haumer (baritone). Wiener Sängerknaben (Vienna Boys’ Choir), Wiener Singakademie (chorus of Vienna Singing Academy) and ORF Radio Symphonie Orchester Wien (ORF Radio Symphony Orchestra Vienna). Conductor: Erwin Ortner.
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Twice Olympic gold medalist German figure skater Katarina Witt’s exceptional performance with Habanera in Carmen on Ice, a 1990 dance film with a choreography for figure skaters made in Germany. The music of the film is based on Georges Bizet’s 1875 opera Carmen, in an orchestral version arranged especially for this film.
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Conducted by Ricardo Araújo, the Kislovodsk Philharmonic Orchestra performs one of George Bizet’s early works, the Symphony in C. Bizet composed this symphony when he was only a 17-year-old student. Recorded on January 12, 2012.
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Russian mezzo-soprano Elena Obraztsova sings “L’amour est un oiseau rebelle” (Love is a rebellious bird), also known as “Habanera”; one of the most famous arias from act 1, scene 5 of Georges Bizet’s 1875 opera “Carmen”. Recorded on December 9, 1978. Vienna State Opera, conductor: Carlos Kleiber. Directed by: Franco Zeffirelli.
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Conducted by Nathalie Stutzmann, the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra performs Georges Bizet’s L’Arlésienne (usually translated as ‘The Girl from Arles’). The work is an incidental music to Alphonse Daudet’s play L’Arlésienne. Daudet’s play formed the basis of the Italian opera L’arlesiana (1897), text by Leopoldo Marenco, music by Francesco Cilea. The first performance of the play was on 1 October 1872 at the Vaudeville Theatre (now known as the Paramount Theatre).
Recorded at the Stockholm Concert Hall in October 2014.
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A farewell concert of Maria Callas with the Italian operatic tenor Giuseppe Di Stefano. Recorded on October 12, 1974 in Tokyo NHK Hall. Accompanist: Robert Sutherland, Glasgow-born classical pianist.
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Maria Callas sings “L’amour est un oiseau rebelle” (English: Love is a rebellious bird), popularly known as “Habanera” from Georges Bizet’s 1875 opera “Carmen”. Hamburg, 1962. North German Radio Symphony Orchestra (NDR Symphony Orchestra, German: Sinfonieorchester des Norddeutschen Rundfunks, or NDR Sinfonieorchester) conducted by the French orchestral and opera conductor Georges Prêtre (born 14 August 1924).
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Latvian operatic lyric mezzo-soprano Elīna Garanča sings Habanera (the popular name for “L’amour est un oiseau rebelle” – English: “Love is a rebellious bird”) from Georges Bizet’s 1875 opera “Carmen”. Baden-Baden (Germany), 2008. It is the entrance aria of the title character, “Carmen”, a Gypsy Girl, in scene 5 of the first act.
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American soprano Renée Fleming and Russian baritone Dmitri Hvorostovsky concert in Moscow, 2006. It was the first concert of the “Hvorostovsky and Friends” concert series. State Chamber Orchestra of Russia conducted by Constantine Orbelian.
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Maria Callas’ “London Farewell Concert” at the Royal Festival Hall with the Italian operatic tenor Giuseppe di Stefano, 1973. They were accompanied by English pianist Ivor Newton, who was particularly noted as an accompanist to international singers and string players.
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