‘Carmen,’ from the Met to the Midcoast

Jan 22, 2019
Clémentine Margaine is back as “Carmen” at the Metropolitan Opera House.

Rockland — The 2018-2019 Metropolitan Opera’s Live-in-HD season of broadcasts from Lincoln Center to the Strand Theatre continues Saturday, Feb. 2, at 1 p.m. with a simulcast of Bizet’s “Carmen.” An encore broadcast will be presented Tuesday, Feb. 12, at 1 p.m. at the downtown venue, 345 Main St.

Mezzo-soprano Clémentine Margaine reprises her remarkable portrayal of opera’s ultimate seductress, a triumph in her 2017 debut performances, opposite Roberto Alagna, who captivated Live In HD audiences as Don José in 2010. Louis Langrée conducts Sir Richard Eyre’s lively production, a favorite in the Met's repertoire.

“Carmen” premiered at the Opéra Comique, Paris, in 1875. Bizet’s masterpiece of the gypsy seductress who lives by her own rules has had an impact far beyond the opera house. The opera’s melodic sweep is as irresistible as the title character herself, a force of nature who has become a defining female cultural figure. “Carmen” was a scandal at its premiere, but soon after became a triumphal success and has remained one of the most frequently staged operas in the world.

Sung in French with Met titles in English, “Carmen” runs three hours and 21 minutes, including one 36-minute intermission. Tickets are $27; $15 for students younger than 19 and for college students with ID. Tickets are available via rocklandstrand.com or by calling 594-0070. Encore show tickets, available day-of-show, are $23/$5.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.

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