03 Jan 2010
That Daring Gypsy Strikes Again, and Anew
By ANTHONY TOMMASINI [NY Times, 1 January 2010]
We all know Bizet’s “Carmen,” or think we do.
Its familiarity is the greatest challenge to any company presenting it. The acclaimed English director Richard Eyre made this point repeatedly in interviews before the opening of his new Metropolitan Opera production of “Carmen.” Without resorting to gratuitous touches and provocative changes to the opera, he said, he wanted to subvert the familiarity so that audiences would leave shocked and awed yet also touched by this 1875 masterpiece.