Katarina Witt in Carmen On Ice (Habanera)

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.

Beethoven – Missa Solemnis (Thielemann)

Conducted by Christian Thielemann, the Staatskapelle Dresden and Dresden State Opera Chorus perform Ludwig van Beethoven’s Missa solemnis in D major, Op. 123. Soloists: Krassimira Stoyanova: soprano, Elīna Garanča: mezzo-soprano, Michael Schade: tenor, Franz-Josef Selig: bass. Live recording in Dresden, February 2010.

Elīna Garanča sings Habanera from Bizet’s Carmen

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.

Anna Netrebko & Elīna Garanča – Belle nuit, ô nuit d’amour (Offenbach’s Barcarolle)

Russian operatic soprano Anna Netrebko and Latvian operatic lyric mezzo-soprano Elīna Garanča sing German-born French composer Jacques Offenbach’s Belle nuit, ô nuit d’amour, commonly known as Offenbach’s Barcarolle. It is a duet for soprano and mezzo-soprano from The Tales of Hoffmann, Jacques Offenbach’s final opera The piece is widely regarded as the most famous barcarolle …