I do enjoy the score to Bizet’s Carmen. It has many beautiful melodies which made for an enjoyable visit to the Metropolitan Opera this afternoon. Hearing the wonderful Metropolitan Opera orchestra and such high caliber musicians (conductor, soloists and chorus) reminded me there is no other place within traveling distance that one can hear such performances.
Carmen was sung convincingly by Anita Rachvelishvili. I also enjoyed watching the conducting of Michael Mariotti. I do hear a difference in performances where the conductor is musical and not just cueing and beating time. Mariotti was very expressive and the performers, orchestra and singers responded accordingly.
This was one of my top-ranked experiences at the Met this season!