A classic opera and one of the most beloved productions in the Met Live in HD series comes to life with a fresh, strong concept and a captivating new Carmen in the spotlight. In a production directed by Carrie Cracknell and conducted by Daniele Rustioni, the title role is taken by the young Russian mezzo-soprano Aigul Akhmetshina, while Don José is portrayed by the Polish tenor Piotr Beczała, one of the favourites of the Met's audiences in New York and around the world.
Met is set to bring a new rendition of Carmen that promises an unsparingly honest retelling of the well-known story, set in the present day. Despite this, the Met's renowned English director remains faithful to Georges Bizet's opera, as evidenced by the prominent and definitive roles of violence and rebellion against social constraints in the production. Since 1884, Carmen has been performed over a thousand times in New York, and it is now set to grace the Met HD Live program for the fourt...h time. As expected, this production promises a superb display of music and vocal artistry. The assurance of musical excellence is upheld by none other than the electrifying Italian conductor, Daniele Rustioni, who has been a constant highlight at the Metropolitan since 2017. Despite being only twenty-seven, Akhmetshina has already gained worldwide acclaim for her performance as Carmen, and now she is joined by the ever-motivated Beczała and one of the star sopranos of the opera house, Angel Blue, who will take on the role of Micaëla, while Kyle Ketelsen, the American bass-baritone known from the Live in HD broadcast of last season's highly successful contemporary world premiere, The Hours, will be portraying the remarkable character of Escamillo.
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