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Wednesday, August 4 at 8 p.m. – Great Performances at the Met "Carmen"

(Rochester, NY)WXXI presents Carmen, a Great Performances at the Met production, airing Wednesday, August 4 at 8 p.m. on WXXI-TV (DT 21.1/ cable 1011 and 11). Directed by Richard Eyre and conducted by Yannick Nézet-Séguin, the film explores the passionate drama of Bizet’s Carmen and the power of her desires.

“Her sexuality is a life force, it’s a defining force,” he explains. “Carmen is about sex, violence, and racism—and its corollary: freedom.” As for her portrayal of the free-spirited gypsy, Elīna Garanča says, “You don’t get to develop productions of Carmen from scratch too often. Carmen is defined by her unwillingness to settle. She is constantly searching and never satisfied. It may be sex or, more broadly, approval by men. It could also just be a zest for life, and in that she is uncompromising.”  

Garanča is joined by Roberto Alagna as the obsessed soldier Don José, Barbara Frittoli as his devoted girlfriend Micaëla, and Teddy Tahu Rhodes as the toreador Escamillo. Celebrated American soprano Renée Fleming hosts.

Pictured: Elīna Garanča and Teddy Tahu Rhodes
Credit: Marty Sohl/Metropolitan Opera

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