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In this searing performance, Fedora Barbieri is Carmen, the free-thinking gypsy who loves—and leaves—any man she chooses. The incandescent Mario Del Monaco sings Don José. As the two meet, fate tragically intervenes and Carmen’s game suddenly turns desperately real. Frank Guarrera is the magnetic bullfighter Escamillo who lures Carmen away from Don José and unwittingly seals her doom. The great Fritz Reiner conducts the Met orchestra and chorus.

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Performance Info

Performance Date

Jan 31, 1953


Georges Bizet


Henri Meilhac and Ludovic Halévy

Run Time

2 HRS 24 MIN

The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus