Broadcasts from the San Francisco Opera continue on Classical 90.5 at noon this Saturday, September 1, with a performance of Carmen by Georges Bizet. The libretto is by Henri Meilhac and Ludovic Halévy, based on 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 twenty minutes.

Thrilling but dangerous, the captivating, capricious Carmen is one of the most vivid characters in all of opera and the role of the bold femme fatale will be sung by Anita Rachvelishvili who “brought an ample, earthy voice and sensual lyricism to her performance, winning a hearty ovation” (The New York Times). The classic Jean-Pierre Ponnelle production features tenor Thiago Arancam, fresh from his success in San Francisco Opera's Cyrano de Bergerac (2010), as Don José, the man who unwisely falls under Carmen's spell. Paulo Szot, a Tony Award winner for South Pacific adored for his "sultry bedroom eyes and...rich, commanding baritone" (The New York Times) promises to be a breathtaking bullfighter, with Adler Fellow soprano Sara Gartland as Micaëla. Niccola Luisotti conducts.

THE CAST
Carmen: Anita Rachvelishvili
Don José: Thiago Arancam
Micaëla: Sara Gartland
Escamillo: Paulo Szot
Frasquita: Susannah Biller
Mercédès: Cybele Gouverneur
Le Dancaïre: Timothy Mix
Le Remendado: Daniel Montenegro
Moralès: Trevor Scheunemann
Zuniga: Wayne Tigges
Lillas Pastia: Yusef Lambert