Metropolitan Opera's Carmen at Century Cinemas
- When: Saturday, January 16, 2010, time TBA
- Where: Century Cinemas at Del Monte Center, Monterey
- Cost: Not available
- Age limit: Not available
Carmen is a story set in Spain, scored by the Frenchman Georges Bizet, with origins in a narrative poem by Alexander Pushkin, a Russian. And, like the international mileiu from which comes, it's truly become an international phenomenon, conquering Italy, Germany, Belgium, Budapest, Russia, England, the composer's home country of France, and beyond, through to the modern canon, where it looks like it will live in perpetuity, though Bizet died in his 30s. The story follows Carmen, a fiery gypsy, who attracts the attention, then the love, of a young soldier, Don Jose. But the free spirited Carmen is impervious to his devotion, chooses another lover, and, well, opera ensues. Armed with an arsenal of catchy music like the rousing, galloping "Prelude," the exotic "Bolero & Toreador" and the masterpiece, "Habanera," about how Carmen's love is hard to attain ("Prayers or threats are useless"). Starring Elina Garanca and directed by Richard Eyre, the hi-def satellite broadcast on Saturday, Jan. 16, is followed by an encore Wednesday, Feb. 3. [WR]
10am Sat Jan. 16; 6:30pm Wed Feb. 3. Century Cinemas, 1700 Del Monte Center, Monterey. $24/adult; $22/senior; $16/child; discount for Feb. 3 encore. 800-326-3264. http://www.cinemark.com.