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A sultry opera on a summer night


By Mary Kunz Goldman

If it's rainy on Wednesday night, or if it's hot ... go to "Carmen."

The smoldering opera by Bizet, one of the greatest hit operas of all time, is being broadcast in a Metropolitan Opera performance in high definition. It stars Elina Garanca as Carmen and Roberto Alagna as Don Jose. Alagna has a smoldering, obsessive quality that should make him a great Don Jose, the officer who falls desperately in love with Carmen. He is also a little guy which should ratchet things up a bit. In the opera, the officer finds he is no match for Carmen. It is a passionate story but also a pathetic one.

"Carmen" is part of the Met Summer Encores series. This performance was originally broadcast in January 2010. Renee Fleming interviews the opera's stars at intermission.

The opera screens at the Regal on Transit and on Regal Elmwood Center at 7 p.m. Wednesday.



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