Bizet’s “Carmen” to conclude Metropolitan Opera’s Summer HD series July 28 in Potsdam
Saturday, July 24, 2010 - 8:03 am

POTSDAM -- The Metropolitan Opera’s 2010 Summer HD Encores series will conclude with a broadcast of this year’s critically acclaimed production of Georges Bizet’s “Carmen” at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, July 28.

Through a partnership between SUNY Potsdam’s Crane School of Music and the Roxy Theater, the opera series has been broadcast throughout the summer at the downtown movie theater.

One of the most popular operas of all time, “Carmen” is “about sex, violence, and racism—and its corollary: freedom,” says Olivier Award-winning director Richard Eyre about this production of Bizet's drama.

Latvian mezzo-soprano Elīna Garanča sings the seductive gypsy of the title for the first time at the Met, opposite smoldering tenor Roberto Alagna as the obsessed Don José.

Rising maestro Yannick Nézet-Séguin conducts. Running time for the feature is expected to be two hours and 45 minutes. Special summer ticket pricing is discounted: $13 for adults, $11 for senior citizens, $9 for students and $7 for youths aged 18 and under.

Tickets are available by phone at 267-2277; in person at the Community Performance Series Box Office, the Roxy Theater and Northern Music and Video in Potsdam; or online at www.cpspotsdam.org.