New cast. This performance is broadcast already for the third time. The passionate gypsy Carmen chooses her own lovers—her beauty and temperament mean that no man is indifferent to her charms. Officer Don José helps her escape from prison, finding moments of true happiness by her side, even though that turns him into a bandit and fugitive. When the fickle Carmen finally rejects him, she suffers death at his hands. This opera by Bizet has been included in the Met’s broadcast programme twice before as the most popular title among viewers in movie theatres around the world. The Spanish rhythms and famous melodies of the “Habanera,” “Seguidilla” and the toreador’s couplets make “Carmen” a true opera classic. This time, instead the title character, Polish viewers will probably focus on Micaëla and Don José, sung by Aleksandra Kurzak and Roberto Alagna—privately husband and wife.
Conductor: Louis Langrée
Production: Sir Richard Eyre
Set and Costume Designer: Rob Howell
Lighting Designer: Peter Mumford
Cast: Clémentine Margaine as Carmen, Aleksandra Kurzak as Micaëla, Roberto Alagna as Don José, Alexander Vinogradov as Escamillo