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Met Opera's 'Carmen' at Carib 5 this Saturday

Published:Thursday | October 30, 2014 | 12:00 AM
Jennifer Johnson Cano as Mercédès, Anita Rachvelishvili in the title role, and Kiri Deonarine as Fraquita in Bizet's 'Carmen'.

Carmen tells the story of Don José, a naïve soldier who is seduced by the sultry charms of the fiery Gypsy, Carmen. José abandons his childhood sweetheart and deserts his military duties, but loses Carmen to the dazzling toreador Escamillo.

This Saturday, November 1, at 11:55 a.m., patrons at Carib 5 will join the Met's Live in HD telecast in some 2,000 theatres in 68 countries. Audiences at live performance will attest to the palpability of the front-row experience and VIP backstage pass when enjoying the opera at Carib 5.

A favourite for opera lovers the world over, Carmen is arguably unmatched for passion and jealousy. The music is widely acclaimed for its melody, harmony, atmosphere and orchestration, and for the skill with which Bizet musically represented the emotions and suffering of his characters. Mezzo-soprano Anita Rachvelishvili sings the role of Carmen and spinto tenor Aleksandrs Antonenko plays her desperate lover, Don José. Ildar Abdrazakov is the swaggering bullfighter, Escamillo, who comes between them. Pablo Heras-Casado conducts the irresistible score. The depictions of proletarian life, immorality, lawlessness, and the tragic death of the main character onstage broke new ground in French opera in the 19th century and were highly controversial at the time. Although French composer Georges Bizet lived long enough to witness the premiere of Carmen at the Opera-Comique in Paris in 1875, which was met with lukewarm response, he knew nothing of the opera's later acclaim, as he died suddenly before the conclusion of that initial run.