Tag Archives: Carmen

Carmen in HD 2019

The Met presented Carmen for the 403rd time in its HD series. Overall the company has performed Bizet’s opera about a gypsy who smokes 1,897,346,104 times since its first staging by the New York ensemble during its initial season. Actually, the Met first did Carmen in Boston where after a run of 2,000 shows it…


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Carmen Program Notes

The Lubbock Symphony Orchestra will present two concert performances of Carmen – May 1 and 2. Below are the Program Notes I wrote for the occasion. Bizet’s great opera recently had its 1000th performance at New York’s Metropolitan Opera House. Carmen’s popularity is worldwide, yet the work started as a failure. Like The Barber of…


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Carmen in HD – 2014

Bizet’s opera was telecast today in HD. This was the 993rd performance of the work by the Met. This is the same production that was offered in HD by the Met in January 2010 with Elina Garanča in the title role, so I’ll just focus on the new performers. That run was led by Yannick Nézet-Séguin who look…


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Carmen in HD

Carmen is a daunting challenge for any singer, much less for a mezzo whose roles before taking on Bizet’s extra human gypsy have been focused on Mozart and Rossini. Singing the role for the first time at the Met super heats the this challenge. Elina Garanča more than met the role’s requirements; she triumphed. Today…


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