Carmen
Ends May 2024 2h 50m
Carmen
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Carmen NYC Reviews and Tickets

82%
(130 Ratings)
Positive
82%
Mixed
10%
Negative
8%
Members say
Great singing, Ambitious, Absorbing, Disappointing, Entertaining

About the Show

Bizet's heart-pounding classic opera returns in a contemporary new staging.

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Show-Score Member Reviews (25)

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140 Reviews | 33 Followers
92
Edgy, Great singing, Great acting, Ambitious, Absorbing

See it if You enjoy opera, and especially new interpretations of old works. Besides that, the music is magnificent in any interpretation.

Don't see it if You wouldn’t enjoy a new and edgy look; prefer classical interpretations, fancy costumes and heavy sets. The stage design was fantastic but Read more

62 Reviews | 13 Followers
90
Riveting, Resonant, Must see, Great singing, Great acting

See it if you like “Toreador” and other great songs from Carmen, and are interested in seeing it staged with a very well-thought contemporary style.

Don't see it if you want to see gypsies and a Spanish, traditional staging. The soul Carmen is there in this production with an electrifying interpreter

419 Reviews | 52 Followers
90
Great staging, Great singing, Entertaining

See it if The critics were a bit harsh … this is Carmen

Don't see it if Looking for Seville … not in this production

59 Reviews | 22 Followers
90
Great singing, Refreshing, Great staging, Great acting, Entertaining

See it if You love great music and a fresh, less stereotypical take on a classic. Also has spectacular sets and "wheels in motion" in acts 2&3.

Don't see it if You have a very specific notion of what Carmen should look like.

70 Reviews | 1 Follower
90
Enchanting, Classic, Bizet, Ambitious, Absorbing

See it if Carmen is a must for all opera fans, at any level. Bizet!

Don't see it if not an opera fan

494 Reviews | 123 Followers
89
Great music, Excellent singing, Controversial staging

See it if you're looking for a different take on a classic (current-day US border town, rodeo instead of bullfighting etc) led by a charismatic Carmen

Don't see it if you can't stand directorial reinterpretation that don't add or deepen our understanding of the opera, but there are many parts that do work.

269 Reviews | 38 Followers
85
There's a whole semi truck on stage!, They have bullfighting in mexico. really., The matador is a bull rider now for some reason, Great staging, Great singing

See it if The woman playing Carmen is maybe the best performer I've ever seen at the Met. The music is iconic and you WILL leave humming it.

Don't see it if They changed the setting to the Mexico border, which doesn't add anything to it, IMO. But neither does it detract; it's still Carmen. Read more

109 Reviews | 45 Followers
85
Carmen on trucks, highways, gas pumps

See it if a high-concept CARMEN set in 20th-21st C. border town highway culture appeals.

Don't see it if that's not your thing. Read more

Critic Reviews (7)

The New York Times
January 1st, 2024

“Don’t be fooled. The only truly impressive aspect of this ‘Carmen’ is its Carmen: the 27-year-old mezzo-soprano Aigul Akhmetshina...Her molten yet agile tone can be confiding one moment and extroverted the next, and she moves with magnetic naturalness onstage.”
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New York Magazine / Vulture
January 4th, 2024

“ ‘Carmen’ can be bracing as well as seductive. The sparking currents of class and race are timely.”
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The Wall Street Journal
January 2nd, 2024

"In the title role, the young Russian mezzo Aigul Akhmetshina had the vocal goods—a throaty, low sound with a hint of steel—and she didn’t overplay Carmen’s seductiveness, but her performance was low energy, lacking the character’s magnetism and seeming more acted upon than acting."
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The Observer
January 4th, 2024

“...local audiences will probably have to live with this unilluminating ‘Carmen’ for another decade until the Met once again tries to pin down the eternally elusive gypsy.”
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The Washington Post
January 1st, 2024

“Aigul Akhmetshina made a magnetic and often caustic ‘Carmen,’ her voice equally suited to silken lightness as leathery depth...Akhmetshina also gave ‘Carmen’ a restless physicality that never cut into her singing.”
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New York Classical Review
January 1st, 2024

“Akhmetshina’s lyric mezzo-soprano is full bodied, rich, and supple. Its presence and clarity enables it to carry effortlessly into the theater. She dug deeply into the depths of Carmen’s psyche”
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O
January 4th, 2024

“This ‘Carmen’ is one of the biggest disappointments I have experienced in a long time. Given the work’s preponderance in the repertory, it feels like new productions of something like ‘Carmen’ should either stray toward a safer but strong approach or go for broke with a sharp-cutting new concept that while polarizing, is artistically clear and successful.”
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