Broadcasts from The Metropolitan Opera continue on Classical 90.5 at 10:30 a.m. this Saturday, February 23rd, with a performance of Carmen by Georges Bizet. The libretto is by Henri Meilhac and Ludovic Halévy, based on a novella of the same title by Prosper Mérimée. The performance will be sung in French and will run approximately three hours and fifteen minutes. Michele Mariotti conducts.
Thrilling but dangerous, the captivating, capricious Carmen is one of the most vivid characters in all of opera. Who could make a man cheat on his fiancée, drive his mother to tears, and ditch a good job? One woman - Carmen. She's the gypsy seductress who loves them and leaves them, tossing egos and hearts in the dust. To the tune of some of the most memorable music ever composed (the Toreador Song, the Habanera, and more) her story unfolds in the sultry Spanish sun: Corporal Don José arrests Carmen for knifing another cigarette girl. He's the emotional prisoner, however, so how can he possibly let her live when she dumps him for a famous matador?