See and hear “Carmen,” the unforgettable opera of love, jealousy and revenge at Orcas Center on Friday, June 28 at 7:30 p.m. It is the most popular presentation in the history of the Met: Live in HD series, according to the center.
Richard Eyre's new production of Bizet's opera was the talk of the town when it was unveiled on New Year's Eve 2009. Elina Garanca leads the cast as the iconic gypsy of the title: a woman desired by every man but determined to remain true to herself. Roberto Alagna is Don José, the soldier who falls under her spell and sacrifices everything for her love, only to be cast aside when the toreador Escamillo (Teddy Tahu Rhodes) piques Carmen’s interest. With dances created by choreographer Christopher Wheeldon and conducted by maestro Yannick Nézet-Séguin, this Carmen brings every aspect of Bizet's tale to thrilling life, from its lighthearted beginning to its inevitably tragic climax.
Soprano Renée Fleming hosts the transmission and conducts backstage interviews with the stars.
Mark your calendars for the remaining Summer Encores:
• Verdi’s “Il Trovatore,” Friday, July 12
• Rossini’s “Armida,” Friday, July 26
• Verdi’s “La Traviata,” Friday, Aug. 2
• Puccini’s “Turandot,” Friday, Aug. 30
Rossini’s “Il Barbiere di Siviglia,” Friday, Sept 6
Tickets for “Carmen” are $18, $13 students, and $2 off for Orcas Center members, and may be purchased at www.orcascenter.org or by calling 376-2281 ext. 1 or visiting the Box Office.