ZDF to Broadcast ‘Carmen’ from Arena di Verona with Elina Garanča & Brian Jagde

By Francisco Salazar
(Credit: Ennevi Foto)

ZDF is set to broadcast Bizet’s “Carmen” from the Arena di Verona on August 19, 2022.

The production by Franco Zeffirelli will star Elīna Garanča in the title role and Brian Jagde as Don Josè. They are joined by Claudio Sgura as Escamillo and Maria Teresa Leva as Michaela. Marco Armiliato conducts.

The recording is the latest from the Arena di Verona’s 99th season, which has already seen Rai broadcast “Carmen” with Clémentine Margaine and Brian Jadge as Don Josè; “La Traviata” with Nina Minasyan, Vittorio Grigolo, and Vladimir Stoyanov; and “Nabucco” with Sebastian Catana and Ewa Płonka. Medici is also set to stream a performance of “Turandot” with Anna Netrebko in the title role and Yusif Eyvazov as Calaf.

The upcoming broadcast marks Garanča’s debut at the Arena di Verona. The mezzo has performed the title role of Carmen around the world at the Metropolitan Opera, Latvian National Opera, Paris Opera, and Royal Opera House, among others.