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Bizet's Carmen

Bizet's Carmen

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Review

Carmen may be renowned as a Spanish femme fatale but Bizet’s score is as Gallic as garlic — the opera is essentially a Frenchman’s view of Spain. And the two nations meet as French mezzo Clémentine Margaine takes on the role of the eponymous gypsy temptress.

Her performance has been much admired in Richard Eyre’s acclaimed Met production — “her inky low notes took on the street-savvy sound of a chansonnière”, according to one critic.

Don José — her doomed and jealous lover — is sung by charismatic Argentinian tenor Marcelo Alvarez. Expect sparks to fly. 

Summary

Mary Jo Heath and Ira Siff introduce a performance of Bizet's Carmen, live from New York, starring Clementine Margaine as the gypsy femme-fatale who lives and dies by her rules, and Marcelo Alvarez as Don José, her hapless lover. Clementine Margaine (mezzo-soprano: Carmen), Marcelo Alvarez (tenor: Don José), Maria Agresta (soprano: Micaëla), Kyle Ketelsen (bass baritone: Escamillo), Nicolas Testé (bass baritone: Zuniga), John Moore (baritone: Morales), Stephen Paynter (baritone: Lillas Pastia), Malcolm Mackenzie (baritone: Le Dancaire), Eduardo Valdes (tenor: Le Remendado), New York Metropolitan Opera Chorus and Orchestra, conducted by Asher Fisch.

Cast & Crew

Presenter Mary Jo Heath
Producer Juan Carlos Jaramillo
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