Why See Metropolitan Opera: Carmen?
THE PRICE OF FREE LOVE IS DEATH
Richard Eyre's stunning production of Bizet's Carmen returns to the Met, with two of its leading ladies, Sophie Koch and Clementine Margaine, in the role of the title character. The world-renown opera tells the fiery story of Carmen and Don Jose, whose doomed love for her destroys them both.
Marcelo Alvarez takes on Don Jose's part, while Dan Ettinger and Louis Langree share conducting duties.
WHAT IS CARMEN ABOUT?
The action takes place in Seville, where a local gypsy woman Carmen inflames the passions of the men around her. She is flighty and flirtatious, and chooses and discards her lovers frequently. The latest of her conquests is Don Jose, who is in love with the innocent Micaela. After he arrests her for causing an affray in the town square, she persuades him to let her escape by promising an illicit rendezvous. With lust clouding his judgement, he relents, and he is sent to prison for abetting her escape.
After weeks in prison, he finally is released back to duty. Carmen has been plying her charms about the town and Jose's jealousy is aroused. Manipulating him further, she convinces him to abscond from the army and to leave with her for the mountains. Despite his efforts, the heartless Carmen destroys his trust in her gradually, and they go their separate ways, not without him warning her that they will meet again.
Meeting by chance again some months later at a bullfight, Carmen has yet again found another lover - despite Jose's pleas to come back to him, she tells him firmly that their affair is indeed over. Enraged, Jose stabs her to death amidst the crowded square.
Opening night: 19 January 2017
Not suitable for patrons of a younger age
Three hours and 13 minutes, with one intermission
And before you stop reading
Sung in French with English, German and Spanish Met Titles. Images used are from a previous production of Carmen.
Cast and Creative
Production by Richard Eyre
Set & Costume Design by Rob Howell
Lighting Design by Peter Mumford
Choreography by Christopher Wheeldon
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