Cyprus Mail

Met stages Carmen with Spanish flair

The production that opened The Metropolitan Opera’s season in October 2018, Georges Bizet’s masterpiece Carmen, returns on February 2. Screened live, the Cypriot public has another chance to catch Clémentine Margaine in the title role and tenors Yonghoon Lee and Roberto Alagna as her lover Don José.

The mezzo-soprano after triumphing her 2017 debut performances, takes on opera’s ultimate seductress. The opera is based on a novella of the same title by Prosper Mérimée. It was first performed by the Opéra-Comique in Paris on March 1875, where its breaking of conventions shocked and scandalised audiences. Today, it is one of the most renowned operas and its sensuality shocks no longer.

In a production by Sir Richard Eyre, it is a Met favourite since its 2009 premiere. Israeli conductor Omer Meir Wellber made his Metropolitan debut with Carmen and he and his orchestra add a Spanish flair to fit the Seville-based plot. Set in southern Spain, it tells the story of the downfall of Don José, a naïve soldier who is seduced by the wiles of the fiery gypsy Carmen.

Carmen Live at the Met
Live screening of the opera ‘Carmen’ by The Metropolitan. February 2. K-Cineplex Nicosia, Larnaca, Paphos. 7.55pm. €18 adults and €14 children and seniors.

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