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The Metropolitan Opera: Carmen

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Director Carrie Cracknell reinvigorates one of opera’s most popular works with a new staging that modernizes Bizet’s tale of deadly passion. Mezzo-soprano Aigul Akhmetshina stars in the irresistible title role, alongside tenor Piotr Beczala as her lover Don Jose. Daniele Rustioni conducts.


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  • Aigul Akhmetshina
  • Piotr Beczala
  • Kyle Ketelsen

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Amazing production placing Carmen in a contemporary setting. The staging was so creative!

Jim U
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I am longtime opera fan, expected to be disappointed by contemporary setting for this production, but I was wrong. Young Carmen star Aigul Akhmetshina has a stunningly beautiful voice and acting talent to match. The setting is no longer 1850 Seville Spain but 2024, in a Texas town at the Mexican border, Carmen is still a factory worker, but Jose is a border patrol officer, arms smugglers instead of gypsies, and local celebrity rodeo champion bullrider instead of a Spanish bullfighter. The wonderful music is all there to enjoy. The story of obsessive love, violence and tragedy feels more real, serious and true than the long-ago, far away setting. Go see it, this is a great introduction to opera if you have never seen one, or have seen a dozen productions of Carmen before.

Catherine M