US$2.3m North American take for 'Carmen'
The Met: Live in HD continued its ninth season on Saturday with a live transmission of Bizet's popular opera Carmen. An estimated attendance of 100,000 people in North America earned a gross of US$2.3 million. It was seen live on more than 900 screens.
An estimated additional 125,000 people saw it live on 1,000 screens in 35 countries in Europe, 11 countries in Latin America, Russia, Egypt, Israel, Jamaica and Morocco.
Encore screenings of Carmen in Jamaica will be on Sunday, November 9, at 11:30 a.m. in the Palace Cineplex, Sovereign Centre, Liguanea and Palace Multiplex, Montego Bay.
Delayed showings throughout Asia, Australia, Madagascar, New Zealand and South Africa, as well as encore performances in North America and Europe, are expected to boost worldwide attendance of Carmen to more than 300,000.
Richard Eyre's acclaimed production of Carmen is the second time the opera has been featured live in HD and remains the bestselling title ever presented in the series. This production stars Anita Rachvelishvili in the title role, with Aleksandrs Antonenko as Don José, Anita Hartig as Micaela, and Ildar Abdrazakov as Escamillo. The performance is led by Pablo Heras-Casado.
The Met: Live in HD, the Met's award-winning series of live transmissions around the world, has expanded its worldwide distribution to more than 2,000 cinemas in 69 countries this season. It is the largest global audience the initiative has ever reached.
Turkey and Kazakhstan have joined the Live in HD network for the first time. The series has sold more than 16 million tickets since its inception in 2006.
Carmen was the third of 10 live transmissions to be shown this season. The next transmission will be the Met's popular production of Rossini's Il Barbiere di Siviglia (The Barber of Seville) on Saturday, November 22.
Tickets are on sale for the 2014-2015 season at participating box offices and via the Web at www.palaceamusement.com, with a Palace Card.