Bryant Manning
August 10, 2010 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Carmen: Duets & Arias

type
Music
Current Status
In Season
performer
Andrea Bocelli
genre
Classical

We gave it a C+

Andrea Bocelli’s bazillion fans are getting the tenor’s eighth complete opera recording, Carmen: Duets & Arias. Bloodless as Don Jose, Bocelli challenges past dramatic tenors by entirely rethinking the tragic transfor-mation from upstanding brigadier to coquette slayer. Instead, it’s one pretty number after the next. With a fit cast around him — including Marina Domashenko as Carmen — it’s even more offensive that the artist billed in the largest font offers the smallest returns. C+

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