Live at the Met Summer Encore Series begins with ‘Carmen’

The 1891 Fredonia Opera House will screen its first Live at the Met Summer Encore Series opera Georges Bizet’s masterpiece “Carmen: at 7 p.m. on June 20.

“We’re very excited to be presenting encore broadcasts of six of the Metropolitan Opera’s most highly acclaimed Live in HD transmissions,” Opera House Executive Director Rick Davis said. “These six summer operas offer a great way for opera buffs to relive some of the Met’s best-loved productions from the past few seasons. They also provide a great way for people unfamiliar with opera to give the genre a try.”

Richard Eyre’s hit production of Carmen was first broadcast live from the Met in January 2010. It stars Elina Garanca as the seductive gypsy of the title, opposite Roberto Alagna as the obsessed Don Jose. “Carmen” “is about sex, violence and racism – and its corollary: freedom,” the director says about the drama. “It is one of the inalienably great works of art. It’s sexy, in every sense. And I think it should be shocking.”

Audiences agreed; the production is the most attended Live at the Met HD broadcast in the company’s seven years of Live at the Met transmissions. It also stars Barbara Frittoli and Mariusz Kwiecien. Yannick Nezet-Seguin conducts.

Live at the Met live opera broadcasts and Summer Encores screenings are made possible by Dr. James M. and Marcia Merrins, who funded the purchase of the satellite transmission and projection equipment used in the series. Support for the series also comes from the United Arts Appeal of Chautauqua County.

Tickets to the Live at the Met Summer Encores Series operas are $15 and are available in advance by calling or visiting the Box Office at 679-1891 Tuesday Friday, 1-5 p.m. They also may be purchased online anytime at www.fredopera.org. The Series continues with Verdi’s Il Trovatore on June 27; Rossini’s Armida on July 11; Verdi’s La Traviata on July 18; Puccini’s Turandot on July 25; and Rossini’s Il Barbiere di Siviglia on Aug. 8.

Chautauqua County’s only performing arts center presenting its own programming year-round, the 1891 Fredonia Opera House is a member-supported not-for-profit organization located in Village Hall in downtown Fredonia. For a complete schedule of events, visit www.fredopera.org.