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The glamorous Gladys Swarthout seemed destined to play Bizet’s enticing gypsy. An exceptionally beautiful woman, she possessed a rich contralto voice that perfectly captured Carmen’s personality—caressing, beguiling, and demolishing all defenses against her will. Charles Kullman is a winning Don Jose and the young Leonard Warren sings a virile Escamillo. Licia Albanese gives an unusually passionate and three-dimensional portrayal of Micaëla.

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Performance Info

Performance Date

Mar 15, 1941


Georges Bizet


Henri Meilhac and Ludovic Halévy

Run Time

2 HRS 31 MIN

The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus