Metropolitan Opera’s New Production of Bizet’s ‘Carmen’ to Air Jan. 16 at Lehman College

BRONX, NY—The Metropolitan Opera’s Live in High Definition series will continue with a new production of Bizet’s Carmen, starring Elīna Garanča as Carmen and Roberto Alagna as Don José. The show will be broadcast live in Lehman College’s Lovinger Theatre on Saturday, January 16, at 1 p.m. This event is free and open to the public; however, tickets are required. Tickets may be reserved by calling the Box Office at 718-960-8025.

Directed by renowned British director of theater and film Richard Eyre, this production explores the grand scale of Carmen and the power of her desires. Set in Seville, Spain in the mid-nineteenth century, Carmen is the story of a young gypsy woman who bewitches the men around her, including the innocent Don José. After a short-lived love affair, Carmen tires of her new conquest and turns her attention to another, moving Don José to bring his passion to a tragic end.

Carmen marks Garanča’s debut in this role at the Met. She made her company’s debut in 2008 as Rosina in Il Barbiere di Siviglia and returned the following season as Angelina in La Cenerentola. Earlier this year, Garanča performed the title role of Carmen at the Royal Opera in Convent Garden in London and in the Baths of Carcalla in Rome.

French tenor Roberto Alagna first sang the role of Don José at the Met in 2000. Last season, he appeared as Ruggero in a new production of La Rondine, as well as both Turiddu in Cavalleria Rusticana and Canio in Pagliacci in the same performance.

The program is part of the Met’s Live in H.D. series, which aims to make its programming accessible to communities worldwide. Carmen will be broadcast in more than 1,000 movie theaters.

A senior college of the City University of New York, Lehman is located at Goulden Avenue and Bedford Park Boulevard in the northwest Bronx and is accessible by bus as well as the #4 and “D” subway lines.

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Contact: Yeara Milton/ 718-960-7963