Met Opera on Demand Catalog
(Apr. 20, 1968)
Composer: Georges Bizet
Librettist: Henri Meilhac and Ludovic Halévy, based on the novella by Prosper Mérimée
Lombard; Freni, Bumbry, Tucker, Díaz
Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus
Approximate running time: 2 hrs. 28 min.
This dynamic performance features Grace Bumbry in one of her most celebrated roles, the fiery gypsy of the title, whose beauty and spirit make her irresistible to all men. The starry cast also includes the great Rickard Tucker as Don José, the soldier whose love for Carmen dooms them both, the elegant Justino Díaz as the bullfighter Escamillo, and a young Mirella Freni as the innocent Micaëla.