Bizet's Carmen

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Saturday, March 07, 2015

Elina Garanca in the Met Opera's staging of 'Carmen' Elina Garanca in the Met Opera's staging of 'Carmen' (Ken Howard/Metropolitan Opera)

Saturday at 1 pm, tenor Yonghoon Lee fills in for an ill Jonas Kaufmann for this live broadcast of the Metropolitan Opera's Carmen.

Kaufmann, who was originally scheduled to sing Don José, had to cancel this past Wednesday's performance, as well as now Saturday's. "He is still ill with the flu and unable to travel to New York," the Met said in a statement.

The cast for this matinee also includes Elina Garanca in the title role, Ailyn Pérez as Micaëla and Gábor Bretz as Escamillo. In 2010, Garanca made her Met role debut as the gypsy femme fatale as part of Richard Eyre's much-heralded production, which has been revived for this run of performances.


Conductor: Louis Langrée
Micaëla: Ailyn Pérez
Carmen: Elina Garanca
Don José: Jonas Kaufmann
Escamillo: Gábor Bretz

Comments [14]

brian from Brooklyn

Just stumbled across this story from over a year ago, and it's bringing back some great memories! One of those operas where you find yourself whistling absent-mindedly even years later.

Jan. 17 2017 06:19 AM
Kenneth Bennett Lane, Lake Hiawatha, NJ from Richard Wagner Music Drama Institute, Boonton, NJU


Mar. 07 2015 05:00 PM
Criggs from New York City

I saw Yonghoon Lee as Jose this past Wednesday. He was excellent in person as well. What doesn't come across in the broadcast, since most conventional-thinking audio engineers tend to democratize and even out this stuff, is the rock-like solidity and power of the voice. Lee is not one of those lyric/lyric spinto tenors who push themselves into heavier roles prematurely. His is a true dramatic tenor sound, dark and rich, with natural power and resonance. Very impressive. Reminded me of the young Shicoff, but with roughly twice the power. I hope he sticks around for a long time.

Mar. 07 2015 04:16 PM
CastaDiva from New York, NY

Garanca, la Reina Carmen. Brava, Elina. Lee turns out to be an excellent sub. for Kaufmann, and an able tenor in his own right. Orchestra sounds very good, lovely woodwinds.

Mar. 07 2015 04:06 PM
Ellen from West Chester, PA

Suzanne, Mr. Lee was a last-minute substitution for the ailing Jonas Kaufmann; much carrying-on in the press regarding this. To my ears, Mr. Lee sounds just fine and indeed the Met audience seems to agree with me.

Mar. 07 2015 02:41 PM
CastaDiva from New York, NY

@Jane Phillips from Utah
It's to wish a singer good luck before a performance, similar to the expression "break a leg".

Mar. 07 2015 02:38 PM
concetta nardone from Nassau

What a dumba--s Jose is. What he did for love. When you get drunk, it should be on good wine and not vinegar. Warning signs should be posted when love is in the area. Bravo Mr. Lee.
Would like to see Carmen and those damn gypsies and the Bullthrower retired for a few years. Would love to see the Met produce a performance of LaJuive. Gorgeous music in that one.
Don't get angry folks. Yes, I can turn the radio off and that is what I am
going to do right now.

Mar. 07 2015 02:30 PM
ralph piscitelli

Yonghoon Lee turned out to an excellent replacement for the ailing Kaufmann.The Met is lucky such a depth of talent on its roster to replace an ailing artist.

Mar. 07 2015 02:02 PM
Jessica B. from New Jersey

Jane, "Toi toi, toi" (pronounced "Toy, toy, toy") is the opera world's equivalent of "Break a leg." I learned this only recently, when I was in an opera myself for the first time.

Mar. 07 2015 01:38 PM
Jane Phillips from Utah

I'm a newbee to opera...what does toi, toi, toi mean?

Mar. 07 2015 01:07 PM
Suzanne from New York

Your article says Yonghoon Lee but your cast list says Jonas Kaufmann.

Mar. 07 2015 09:00 AM
Gabriela Harvey from United States

Many a star emerged from the Met broadcasts. Toi! Toi! Toi! Yonghoon Lee! GH

Mar. 05 2015 09:38 PM
Gabriela Harvey from United States

Many star emerged from the Met broadcasts. Toi! Toi! Toi! Yonghoon Lee! GH

Mar. 05 2015 09:35 PM
Dr Faust

Good luck mr Yonghoon Lee !

Mar. 05 2015 05:30 PM

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