Written August 29, 2016
This production is a wonderfully updated 21st century rendition. Full of lively exuberance and very human angst. It doesn't cost an arm and a leg to see a live performance at our premium opera theater, the Metropolitan, when you go to an HD production in your home town theater, as we did. It is the classic, dramatic love story. These new generation opera singers are really depicting the characters of the story as an actor would in a play. Yet they are singing their roles extremely well. This opera also has songs and music that are very recognizable. People who don't very often think of going to an opera would find they can relate very well to this particular opera. It is the most recognizable opera in the world. My advice is GO! You won't be disappointed.
Written February 11, 2016
I've seen this film of the Met's recent production at least three times now, and it never ceases to move and amaze me. The emotional intensity of the acting and the sublime singing of the leads, Elina Garanca as Carmen and Roberto Alagna as Don Jose, are truly spectacular, and the evocative staging and costuming, updated to the Spanish Civil War period, works perfectly. And of course, Bizet's music is always simply gorgeous. A passionate rendition of a classic tale of passion!
Written July 24, 2016
As wonderful as it is to go to the Met in NYC and see the live performance of an opera, this presentation of "Carmen" was even better than sitting in a seat at the Met.
Written June 30, 2016
This is the best Carmen I have ever seen. The chemistry between Elina Garanca and Roberto Alagna is outstanding!
Written February 09, 2016
The most beautifully visual Carmen I've seen. The performers were so attractive relative to the stereotype of the older tradition of opera performers. Today, it's such an incredibly difficult profession to aspire towards. The voices of this staging did not disappoint. I was captivated by Bizets wonderful score, the virtuoso met opera orchestra, the singer's......just great . I loved it!