‘Carmen’ returns to Met Opera in mixed revival

October 1, 2012 • Entertainment

In this Sept. 22, 2012 photo provided by the Metropolitan Opera, Kyle Ketelsen performs in the role of Escamillo in Bizet’s “Carmen,” during a rehearsal at the Metropolitan Opera in New York. (AP Photo/Metropolitan Opera, Ken Howard)

NEW YORK (AP) — The Metropolitan Opera’s revival of its 2½-year-old production of Bizet’s “Carmen” was memorable for the debut of conductor Michele Mariotti and for performances by Anita Rachvelishvili and Yonghoon Lee that never quite came together.

Mariotti, principal conductor at Bologna’s Teatro Comunale in Italy, put his imprint on the opening night of the run Friday with a briskly conducted overture that bordered on a dash. The 33-year-old shaped a propulsive evening, bringing out the colors of Bizet’s score and the vibrancy of Richard Eyre’s Login to read more

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