Great Performances at the Met: Carmen

Great Performances at the Met: Carmen

Sun, 06/30/2019 - 1:00pm - 4:00pm

Pictured: Roberto Alagna as Don José in Bizet’s “Carmen.”

Credit: Courtesy of Ken Howard/Met Opera

Mezzo-soprano Clémentine Margaine reprises her remarkable portrayal of opera’s ultimate seductress, a triumph in her 2017 debut performances, with impassioned tenor Roberto Alagna as her lover, Don José.

Louis Langrée conducts Sir Richard Eyre’s powerful production, a Met favorite since its 2009 premiere. Great Performances at the Met: Carmen airs Sunday, June 30, 2019 at 1 p.m. on WXXI-TV.

The opera takes place in and around Seville, a city that, by the time Carmen was written, had already served many operatic composers as an exotic setting conducive to erotic intrigues and turmoil (Rossini’s Il Barbiere di Siviglia and Verdi’s La Forza del Destino, among others). The hometown of Don Juan, the city also inspired Mozart with Don Giovanni, and Beethoven used Seville as the setting for a study of marital fidelity in Fidelio.