Metropolitan Opera: Live: Carmen

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Love is a wild bird Dont miss this revival of Sir Richard Eyres dynamic production. Mezzo-soprano Clmentine Margaine plays operas ultimate seductress, while Roberto Alagna returns to the role of Don Jos, the good-hearted soldier with whom she unleashes an uncontrollable passion. Don Jos breaks the law, goes to prison, deserts the army and loses everything to be with Carmen. But the capricious Carmen gypsy soon tires of him and takes up instead with the bullfighter Escamillo–bass (Alexander Vinogradov). She has ruined his life, but still, Don Jos adores her, with a fierceness that can only lead to catastrophe. Composer Bizet died just three months after Carmens disastrous premiere, never knowing that his creation would become one of the most popular operas of all time.

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