The Met mounts a well sung but dramatically unconvincing ‘Carmen’
Should looks matter when casting the role of the iconic temptress for HD simulcast?
By David Abrams
Operagoers have long grown accustomed to sacrificing dramatic integrity for a rewarding musical experience. Joan Sutherland was in her ‘60s when she sang Gilda in scenes from Verdi’s Rigoletto at a Met Gala concert in 1987. Her singing brought the house down, though it’s unlikely that anyone in the theater believed this could be the title character’s teenage daughter…