Met Opera: Carmen (Live)
Starring: Clementine Margaine, Roberto Alagna, Aleksandra Kurzac
Release Date: Sat 02 Feb 2019
Clementine Margaine is opera’s ultimate seductress, opposite Roberto Alagna, who returns to the role of Don Jose. Louis Langree conducts Sir Richard Eyre’s lively production, a favourite in the Met’s repertoire.
Set in Seville around the year 1830, the opera deals with the love and jealousy of Don José, who is lured away from his duty as a soldier and his beloved Micaela by the gypsy factory-girl Carmen, whom he allows to escape from custody. He is later induced to join the smugglers with whom Carmen is associated, but is driven wild by jealousy. This comes to a head when Carmen makes clear her preference for the bull-fighter Escamillo. The last act, outside the bull-ring in Seville, brings Escamillo to the arena, accompanied by Carmen, there stabbed to death by Don Jose, who has been awaiting her arrival.