Great Performances at the Met: Carmen

Air date: 06/16/2019

Great Performances at the Met: Carmen

Premieres nationwide Sunday, June 16 at 12 p.m. on PBS (check local listings)

 

Synopsis:

Season 13 of Great Performances at the Met continues with Bizet’s masterpiece Carmen premiering Sunday, June 16 at 12 p.m. on PBS (check local listings). Clémentine Margaine reprises her role as opera’s ultimate seductress alongside Roberto Alagna as her impassioned lover Don José. Aleksandra Kurzak and Alexander Vinogradov round out the cast. Louis Langrée conducts.

 

Sir Richard Eyre’s production takes place in Seville, Spain, where the men of the town gather to watch the female workers – especially their favorite, the alluring gypsy Carmen. However, the corporal Don José does not pay her any attention, as he is set to marry his long time love Micaëla, prompting Carmen to throw a flower at him. After a fight in a factory with another woman, Carmen is captured and imprisoned by José. She then seduces the corporal and escapes imprisonment. Following her escape, Carmen meets the bullfighter Escamillo, but rejects his advances since she and José have fallen in love. Later, Carmen convinces the corporal to abandon the army and Micaëla for a life of freedom in the mountains, but a fading love and a foreseen death cast doom on their relationship. The manipulative Carmen arrives to a bullfight on the arm of Escamillo, driving José into a desperate and fatal rage in this tragic love story. Ailyn Pérez hosts.

 

Short Listing

Watch Bizet’s classic starring Clémentine Margaine in the title role and Roberto Alagna as Don José.

 

 

Long Listing

Watch Sir Richard Eyre’s production of Bizet’s masterpiece starring Clémentine Margaine reprising her role as opera’s ultimate seductress alongside Roberto Alagna as her impassioned lover Don José. Louis Langrée conducts.

 

Airdates:

National: Sunday, June 16 at 12 p.m. on PBS (check local listings)

New York metro area: Sunday, June 16 at 1 p.m. on THIRTEEN

 

Notable Talent:

  • Clémentine Margaine – Carmen
  • Roberto Alagna – Don José
  • Aleksandra Kurzak – Micaëla
  • Alexander Vinogradov – Escamillo
  • Ailyn Pérez – host

 

Noteworthy Fact:

  • Clémentine Margaine made her debuts at the Metropolitan Opera and Paris Opera in the signature role of Carmen in 2017 to widespread acclaim.

 

Run time: 3 hours

 

Production Credits:  

  • Louis Langrée – conductor
  • Sir Richard Eyre – production
  • Rob Howell – set and costume designer
  • Peter Mumford – lighting designer
  • Christopher Wheeldon – choreographer

 

For the Met, Gary Halvorson directs the telecast. Tim Martyn is Music Producer. Mia Bongiovanni and Elena Park are Supervising Producers, and Louisa Briccetti and Victoria Warivonchik are Producers. Peter Gelb is Executive Producer. For Great Performances, Bill O’Donnell is Series Producer and David Horn is Executive Producer.

Underwriters:

Corporate support for Great Performances at the Met is provided by Toll Brothers, America’s luxury home builder®. Major funding for the Met Opera presentation is provided by the National Endowment for the Arts. This Great Performances presentation is funded by the Anna-Maria and Stephen Kellen Arts Fund, The Philip and Janice Levin Foundation and public television viewers.

 

  

Series Overview:

Great Performances at the Met is a presentation of THIRTEEN Productions LLC for WNET, bringing the best of the Metropolitan Opera into the homes of classical music fans across the United States.

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About the Met

Under the leadership of General Manager Peter Gelb and Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin, The Metropolitan Opera is one of America’s leading performing arts organizations and a vibrant home for the world’s most creative and talented artists, including singers, conductors, composers, orchestra musicians, stage directors, designers, visual artists, choreographers, and dancers. The company presents more than 200 performances each season of a wide variety of operas, ranging from early masterpieces to contemporary works. In recent years, the Met has launched many initiatives designed to make opera more accessible, most prominently the Live in HD series of cinema transmissions, which dramatically expands the Met audience by allowing select performances to be seen in more than 2,200 theaters in more than 70 countries around the world.

 

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Roberto Alagna as Don José in Bizet’s “Carmen.” Credit: Ken Howard/Met Opera

Roberto Alagna as Don José in Bizet’s “Carmen.” Credit: Ken Howard/Met Opera

A scene from Bizet's “Carmen.” Credit: Ken Howard/Met Opera

Roberto Alagna as Don José in Bizet’s “Carmen.” Credit: Ken Howard/Met Opera

Roberto Alagna as Don José in Bizet’s “Carmen.” Credit: Ken Howard/Met Opera

The overture to Act III in Bizet's “Carmen.” Credit: Ken Howard/Met Opera

A scene from Bizet's “Carmen.” Credit: Ken Howard/Met Opera

Clémentine Margaine in the title role of Bizet's “Carmen.” Credit: Marty Sohl/Metropolitan Opera

Clémentine Margaine in the title role of Bizet's “Carmen.” Credit: Marty Sohl/Metropolitan Opera

Clementine Margaine in the title role and Roberto Alagna as Don José in Bizet’s “Carmen.” Credit: Karen Almond/Met Opera

Aleksandra Kurzak as Micaëla and Roberto Alagna as Don José in Bizet's "Carmen." Credit: Karen Almond / Met Opera

Clementine Margaine in the title role and Raymond Aceto as Zuniga in Bizet’s “Carmen." Credit: Karen Almond/Met Opera

Alexander Vinogradov as Escamillo in Bizet's "Carmen." Credit: Karen Almond / Met Opera

Clementine Margaine in the title role and Alexander Vinogradov as Escamillo in Bizet's "Carmen." Credit: Karen Almond / Met Opera

Aleksandra Kurzak as Micaëla in Bizet's "Carmen." Credit: Karen Almond / Met Opera

Clementine Margaine in the title role and Roberto Alagna as Don José in Bizet’s “Carmen.” Credit: Karen Almond/Met Opera

Clementine Margaine in the title role and Roberto Alagna as Don José in Bizet’s “Carmen." Credit: Karen Almond/Met Opera