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‘Carmen’ kicks off season

April 1, 2013 · Updated 11:04 AM

A scene from Bizet’s “Carmen.” / Contributed photo

The 2013 Summer Encore line up from the Met: Live in HD is opening at Orcas Center on Friday, June 28 at 7:30 p.m. with the most popular Metropolitan Opera production of all time, Bizet’s “Carmen.”

All Summer Encores have a shorter run time than the regular season screenings and are shown on Friday evenings at 7:30 p.m.

Peter Gelb, artistic director of the Metropolitan Opera and creator of the Met: Live in HD phenomena, has selected five of the most popular Met productions  and added a sixth which stars one of the great divas, the audience favorite Renee Fleming.

Carmen: June 28. Elina Garanca, pictured at left, is Carmen the seductive gypsy of the title. “It is about sex, violence, and racism-and it’s corollary: freedom,” says British director Richard Eyre.

Il Trovatore: July 12. This stirring production of Verdi’s intense drama which is considered to be the composers most melodically rich score.

Armida: July 26. Rossini’s mythical story of a sorceress who enthralls men in her island prison.

La Traviata: Aug. 2. Natalie Dessay puts on the red dress to star as Verdi’s most beloved heroine, the Parisian courtesan Violetta Valéry, in Willy Decker’s stunning production.

Turandot: Aug. 30. Franco Zeffirelli’s breathtaking production of Puccini’s last opera and a favorite of the Met repertoire.

Il Barbiere de Siviglia: Sept. 6. One of the most beloved operatic comedies of all time, Rossini’s Barber of Seville is directed by Barlett Sher.

Tickets for the Summer Encores from The Met: Live in HD are $18 for adults, $13 students, $2 off for Orcas Center members, and may be purchased at www.orcascenter.org or by calling 376-2281 ext. 1 or visiting the Orcas Center Box Office.

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