From New York's Metropolitan Opera, a performance of Bizet's Carmen, with Elina Garanca singing the title role of the ill-fated temptress. Louis Langree conducts.
Tonight's recording from the New York Metropolitan Opera is Bizet's Carmen. Don Jose falls hopelessly in love with the wild gypsy, Carmen. When she tires of him and just wants to be free, it's too much for him to bear and he stabs her. Elina Garanca sings the title role of the ill-fated temptress, and Yonghoon Lee her desperate lover. Louis Langrée conducts.
Presented by Mary Jo Heath and Ira Siff.
Carmen.....Elina Garanca (soprano)
Don José.....Yonghoon Lee (tenor)
Micaëla.....Ailyn Pérez (soprano)
Escamillo.....Gábor Bretz (bass-baritone)
Mercédès...Ginger Costa-Jackson (mezzo-soprano)
Frasquita...Danielle Talamantes (soprano)
Moralès....Trevor Scheunemann (baritone)
Remendado...Keith Jameson (tenor)
Zuniga...Richard Bernstein (bass)
The New York Metropolitan Opera Chorus and Orchestra
Louis Langrée (conductor).
Carmen and José quarrel in the smugglers’ mountain hideaway. She admits that her love is fading and advises him to return to live with his mother. When Frasquita and Mercédès turn the cards to tell their fortunes, they foresee love and riches for themselves, but Carmen’s cards spell death—for her and for José. Micaëla appears, frightened by the mountains and afraid to meet the woman who has turned José into a criminal. She hides when a shot rings out. José has fired at an intruder, who turns out to be Escamillo. He tells José that he has come to find Carmen, and the two men fight. The smugglers separate them, and Escamillo invites everyone, Carmen in particular, to his next bullfight. When he has left, Micaëla emerges and begs José to return home. He agrees when he learns that his mother is dying, but before he leaves he warns Carmen that they will meet again.