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Georges Bizet's Carmen Tickets
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Georges Bizet's Carmen Tickets

The Met stages this compelling modern twist on one of opera’s most profound works.
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Georges Bizet's Carmen Tickets

About Georges Bizet's Carmen

The Met begins the New Year with a vital new production of one of opera’s most enduringly powerful works. Acclaimed English director Carrie Cracknell makes her Met debut, reinvigorating the classic story with a staging that moves the action to the modern day and finds at the heart of the drama issues that could not be more relevant today: gendered violence, abusive labor structures, and the desire to break through societal boundaries. Dazzling young mezzo-soprano Aigul Akhmetshina leads a powerhouse quartet of stars in the complex and volatile title role, alongside tenor Piotr Beczała as Carmen’s troubled lover Don José, soprano Angel Blue as the loyal Micaëla, and bass-baritone Kyle Ketelsen as the swaggering Escamillo. Daniele Rustioni conducts Bizet’s heart-pounding score. Later in the season, another cast of world-class singers takes over, with mezzo-soprano Clémentine Margaine reprising her captivating portrayal of the title role, tenor Michael Fabiano as Don José, soprano Ailyn Pérez as Micaëla, bass-baritone Ryan Speedo Green as Escamillo, and Diego Matheuz making his company debut on the podium.

Run time

3hr 30min. Incl. 45min intermission.

Start date

December 31st, 2023

End date

May 25th, 2024

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222 Reviews

GreatAvi

GreatAvi

537 Reviews | 136 Followers
89
Great music, Excellent singing, Controversial staging

See it if you're looking for a different take on a classic (current-day US border town, rodeo instead of bullfighting etc) led by a charismatic Carmen

Don’t see it if you can't stand directorial reinterpretation that don't add or deepen our understanding of the opera, but there are many parts that do work.

TheaterBuff

TheaterBuff

1158 Reviews | 388 Followers
84
Great arias, Edgy, Modern, Well paced, Great singing

See it if you're open to a modern Carmen. Grandeur is lost, but badass C makes sense today. Gr perf (dancing ActII). Terrific score; so many favorites

Don’t see it if you want a tradl prodn. Some missteps: lots of guns (off putting!), Act IV rodeo clowns (awful) and ugly set. Revolving set is distracting.

BON VIVANT

BON VIVANT

117 Reviews | 48 Followers
85
Carmen on trucks, highways, gas pumps

See it if a high-concept CARMEN set in 20th-21st C. border town highway culture appeals.

Don’t see it if that's not your thing.

Ilka

Ilka

63 Reviews | 13 Followers
90
Riveting, Resonant, Must see, Great singing, Great acting

See it if you like “Toreador” and other great songs from Carmen, and are interested in seeing it staged with a very well-thought contemporary style.

Don’t see it if you want to see gypsies and a Spanish, traditional staging. The soul Carmen is there in this production with an electrifying interpreter

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Production note
Latecomers will not be admitted to the auditorium until intermission and may watch the performance on color screens until an appropriate time of entry.

Venue

Metropolitan Opera House

30 Lincoln Center Plaza, New York, NY, United States, 10023

Accessibility

Elevator access, wheelchair access, accessible listening devices, Braille and large print programs

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