Filming “Carmen” with Francesco Rosi and Plácido Domingo was a major moment in the career of Julia Migenes, potentially career defining.
The American mezzo, born on March 13, 1949, had already put together a solid career prior to the 1984 film, starring in a film version of “Eine Nacht in Venedig” and the original Broadway production of “Fiddler on the Roof.”
“Carmen” would put her on the map and she would move on to a number of other interesting projects. Here are some of the big career moments for Migenes in film and television.
The Twilight Zone
The mezzo was the protagonist of one episode on the first season of “The Twilight Zone” entitled “Grace Note.” In that episode she plays Rosemarie Miletti and has to deal with the impending death of her younger sister while recognizing that a major operatic career awaits her.
La Voix Humaine
Migenes was always a fine actress and she proves her worth in the filmed version of the single-person opera “La Voix Humaine.” You might have a hard time finding the opera-film, but below is a recording of the mezzo taking on the role.
The singing-actress was also showcased in “Berlin Blues,” directed by Ricardo Franco. The film would become a Goya Award winner.
Mack the Knife
In this adaptation of “The Threepenny Opera,” Migenes stars as Jenny Diver. You can check out the entire film below as it has never garnered a DVD release.
Migenes also appeared in the TV series “Magnum, P.I.” and “Angels in America.”