Bizet’s Carmen Returns to the Met September 30, With Anita Rachvelishvili Reprising Her Acclaimed Performance as the Gypsy Seductress

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Bizet’s Carmen Returns to the Met September 30,

With Anita Rachvelishvili Reprising Her

Acclaimed Performance as the Gypsy Seductress

 

Bizet’s powerful drama of lust, seduction, and murder, Carmen, will return to the Met on September 30 for eight performances starring Georgian mezzo-soprano Anita Rachvelishvili, one of the world’s leading interpreters of the title character. The cast also includes Latvian tenor Aleksandrs Antonenko as Don José, the upstanding soldier whose life unravels because of his obsession with Carmen; Romanian soprano Anita Hartig as Micaëla, Don José’s virtuous fiancée; and Italian baritone Massimo Cavalletti as the swaggering toreador Escamillo. Rising Spanish conductor Pablo Heras-Casado, who made his Met debut last season, returns to conduct his first company performances of Bizet’s popular masterpiece. The production is by Richard Eyre, who also directs the Met’s season-opening new production of Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro. The star of that staging, Russian bass-baritone Ildar Abdrazakov, will sing Escamillo in the October 28 and November 1 performances.

 

Further information, including biographies of the principal artists, is available in our online press room here.

 

Performances: September 30, October 4, 9, 13, 17, 23, 28, November 1 (matinee). Curtain times vary: complete schedule here. The opera returns in February for 8 performances with a different cast in the leading roles. (Running time: 3 hours, 17 minutes, including 1 intermission.)

 

Tickets begin at $25; for prices, more information, or to place an order, please call (212) 362-6000 or visit www.metopera.org. Special rates for groups of 10 or more are available by calling (212) 341-5410 or visiting www.metopera.org/groups.

 

Same-day $25 rush tickets for all performances of Carmen are available via lottery on the Met’s Web site. To enter, click here.

 

The November 1 matinee will be transmitted live around the world as part of the Met’s Live in HD series, which is now seen in more than 2,000 movie theaters in 69 countries. For theaters and showtimes, click here.

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