On December 13, Brian Jagde makes his Italian debut at Napoli’s Teatro di San Carlo in one of his signature roles, Don José, in Bizet’s smoldering classic, Carmen. The Gala opening night performance will receive a live broadcast at 20:20 CET (2:20pm EST/1:20pm CST/12:20pm MST/11:20 am PST) via Rai5 (TV) and RaiRadio3 (radio). Tune in to watch the TV broadcast worldwide via FreeInterTVOKLiveTV (or Rai5) or listen to the radio broadcast via RaiRadio3 (click on the green broadcast icon at the top of the page). Italy’s President of the Republic, Sergio Mattarella, will be in attendance.

This new production of Carmen, directed by Daniele Finzi Pasca, opens the San Carlo’s 15-16 season. Acclaimed conductor Zubin Mehta leads an international cast*, including María José Montiel in the title role, Kostas Smoriginas as Escamillo, and Eleonora Buratto sings Micaëla. Additional performances take place Dec. 16, 18 & 20. For tickets and more information, visit TeatroSanCarlo.it. Please note all performances are now sold out, but there may be additional tickets available via turnbacks.

This is the first of three appearances in Carmen this season for Mr. Jagde, who can also be seen singing José in return engagements at the Deutsche Oper Berlin (4/16, 22 & 24) and San Francisco Opera, in the American premiere of Calixto Bieito’s spectacular production (5/27 & 296/1, 23 & 26, and 7/2).

*Jacques Delacote will conduct the December 18 performance. 

Photo: Gaetano Vitale

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