Met Live Opera: Carmen


Mary D. Fisher Theatre Sat, Feb 2, 2019 11:00 AM
Mary D. Fisher Theatre Sat, Feb 2, 2019 4:00 PM
Mary D. Fisher Theatre Sat, Jan 27 11:00 AM
Mary D. Fisher Theatre Wed, Jan 31 3:00 PM
Film Info
Event Type:Met Live Opera
Run Time:3 hours, 44 minutes
Met Company
Conductor:Daniele Rustioni
Opera Company:Angel Blue (Micaëla)
Aigul Akhmetshina (Carmen)
Piotr Beczala (Don José)
Kyle Ketelsen (Escamillo)
Production:Carrie Cracknell
Set Designer:Michael Levine
Costume Designer:Tom Scutt
Lighting Designer:Guy Hoare
rocafilm/Roland Horvath (Projection Designer)
Choreographer:Ann Yee



Live: Saturday, Jan. 27 at 11:00 a.m.
Encore: Wednesday, Jan. 31 at 3:00 p.m.

There will be a pre-opera talk led by Russ Fox one hour before the LIVE performance on Saturday.

Daniele Rustioni (Conductor), Angel Blue (Micaëla), Aigul Akhmetshina (Carmen), Piotr Beczala (Don José), Kyle Ketelsen (Escamillo)

Acclaimed English director Carrie Cracknell makes her Met debut, reinvigorating the classic story of deadly passion with a staging that moves the action to the present day, amid a band of human traffickers.

Mezzo-soprano Aigul Akhmetshina leads a powerhouse quartet of stars in the touchstone role of the irresistible femme fatale, alongside tenor Piotr Beczala as Carmen’s lover Don José, soprano Angel Blue as the devoted Micaëla, and bass-baritone Kyle Ketelsen as the swaggering Escamillo. Daniele Rustioni conducts Bizet’s heart-pounding score.

The soldier Don José is in love with Micaëla, a young girl from his village. Carmen tries to flirt with him, but he pays no attention to her. When Carmen is arrested for starting a fight with another woman, José is ordered to take her to prison. She entices him with suggestions of a rendezvous, and he finally gives in and lets her escape, before being arrested himself.

Just released from prison, José meets Carmen. He declares his love but says he must return to the barracks. Mocking his sense of duty, she replies that, if he really loved her, he would desert the army. When José’s commanding officer appears looking for Carmen, José, in a fit of jealousy, attacks him. Carmen’s smuggler friends disarm the officer, leaving José no choice but to join them.

Carmen and José quarrel, and she admits that her love is fading. She now loves Escamillo, who arrives and provokes José’s jealousy. Suddenly, Micaëla appears, looking for José to tell him that his mother is dying. José leaves with her, warning Carmen that they will meet again.

José confronts Carmen and tries to win her back. When she refuses and tells him that their affair is over, he stabs her.

The 2023-2024 Met Live Opera season in Sedona is generously sponsored by Bea Hanks, Chris Fladlien and Jim Dunne.

The season is dedicated in loving memory to Marc DuCharme.