Claudio Abbado conducts music from “Carmen” at the 1997 New Year’s Eve Concert

Carmen is not only a character in an opera, she is also a myth: the epitome of beauty, seduction and the freedom from all social fetters. In their New Year’s Eve Gala from 1997, the Berliner Philharmoniker and Claudio Abbado take on this myth. They are supported by outstanding vocal and instrumental soloist including Anne Sofie von Otter, Roberto Alagna, Bryn Terfel, Mikhail Plentnev and Gil Shaham.

Berliner Philharmoniker

Claudio Abbado

Anne Sofie von Otter

Roberto Alagna

Bryn Terfel

Mikhail Pletnev

Gil Shaham

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© 1997 EuroArts Music International



Claudio Abbado Chief conductor 1990–2002
Georges Bizet composer
Anne Sofie von Otter mezzo-soprano
Véronique Gens soprano
Stella Doufexis mezzo-soprano
Roberto Alagna tenor
Bryn Terfel bass
Sergei Rachmaninov composer
Mikhail Pletnev piano
Gil Shaham violin
Pablo de Sarasate composer
Maurice Ravel composer
Manuel de Falla composer
Johannes Brahms composer

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