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The Met: Live in HD | Carmen

Release date NZ: 22 / 08 / 2024
Release date AUS: N/A
PG

COMPOSER: Georges Bizet

PRODUCTION: Carrie Cracknell

SET DESIGNER: Michael Levine

COSTUME DESIGNER: Tom Scutt

LIGHTING DESIGNER: Guy Hoare

PROJECTION DESIGNER: rocafilm/Roland Horvath

CHOREOGRAPHER: Ann Yee

CAST: Angel Blue, Aigul Akhmetshina, Piotr Beczala, Kyle Ketelsen

RUN TIME: 227 minutes

Acclaimed English director Carrie Cracknell brings a vital new production of one of opera’s most enduringly powerful works, reinvigorating the classic story with a staging that moves the action to the modern day and finds at the heart of the drama issues that could not be more relevant today: gendered violence, abusive labor structures, and the desire to break through societal boundaries. Dazzling young mezzo-soprano Aigul Akhmetshina leads a powerhouse quartet of stars in the complex and volatile title role, alongside tenor Piotr Beczała as Carmen’s troubled lover Don José, soprano Angel Blue as the loyal Micaëla, and bass-baritone Kyle Ketelsen as the swaggering Escamillo. Daniele Rustioni conducts Bizet’s heart-pounding score.