Don't miss out on the chance to see Carmen
at the World-famous New York Metropolitan Opera
and meet opera's newest villian, John Relyea
is a French opéra comique by Georges Bizet. The story is set in Seville, Spain, circa 1830, and concerns the eponymous Carmen, a beautiful Gypsy with a fiery temper. Free with her love, she woos the corporal Don José, an inexperienced soldier. Their relationship leads to his rejection of his former love, mutiny against his superior, and joining a gang of smugglers. His jealousy when she turns from him to the bullfighter Escamillo leads him to murder Carmen.
The Met’s thrilling new production returns with Elina Garanca, Brandon Jovanovich, Nicole Cabell and John Relyea.
Tickets are located in the orchestra section, row U, seats 6,8.
continues to distinguish himself as one of today's finest bass-baritones.
Mr. Relyea has appeared in many of the world’s most celebrated opera houses including the Metropolitan Opera, San Francisco Opera (where he is an alumnus of the Merola Opera Program and a former Adler Fellow), Lyric Opera of Chicago, Seattle Opera, Royal Opera House Covent Garden, Paris Opera, Bayerische Staatsoper, Vienna State Opera, and the Marinksy Theater. His roles include the title roles in Le Nozze di Figaro, Bluebeard’s Castle
; Méphistophélès in both Faust
and La Damnation de Faust
, the Four Villains in Les Contes d’Hoffman, Raimondo in Lucia di Lammermoor
, Giorgio in I Puritani
, Escamillo in Carmen
, Don Basilio in Il barbiere di Siviglia
, Alidoro in La Cenerentola
, Nick Shadow in The Rake’s Progress
, Colline in La Bohème
, Marke in Tristan und Isolde
, Caspar in Der Freischutz
, Banquo in Macbeth
, Collatinus in The Rape of Lucretia
and Garibaldo in Rodelinda
Mr. Relyea also remains in high demand throughout the concert world where he appears regularly with orchestras such as the Philadelphia Orchestra, Boston Symphony Orchestra, New York Philharmonic, Pittsburgh Symphony, Cleveland Orchestra, Minnesota Orchestra, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Montreal Symphony, Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, the Philharmonia Orchestra, and the Berlin Philharmonic. He has also appeared at the Tanglewood, Ravinia, Blossom, Vail, Lanaudiere, Salzburg, Edinburgh, Lucerne and Mostly Mozart Festivals, and in the BBC Proms. In recital, he has been presented at Weill Hall and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, the Wigmore Hall in London, the University Musical Society in Ann Arbor, and the University of Chicago Presents series.
The many conductors with whom Mr. Relyea has worked with include Harry Bicket, Pierre Boulez, Sir Colin Davis, Christoph von Dohnanyi, Gustavo Dudamel, Christoph Eschenbach, Valery Gergiev, Bernard Haitink, Mariss Jansons, James Levine, Lorin Maazel, Sir Charles Mackerras, Sir Neville Marriner, Zubin Mehta, Kent Nagano, Sir Roger Norrington, Seiji Ozawa, Antonio Pappano, Sir Simon Rattle, Donald Runnicles, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Robert Spano, Wolfgang Sawallisch, and Ilan Volkov.
Mr. Relyea’s most recent recording of the Verdi Requiem was released on the LSO Live label in September 2009. Other recordings include Idomeneo
with Sir Charles Mackerras and the Scottish Chamber Orchestra (EMI), Mahler’s Symphony No. 8 with Sir Simon Rattle and the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra (EMI), and the Metropolitan Opera’s DVD presentations of Don Giovanni, I Puritani
and Die Meistersinger von Nüremberg
(Deutche Grammophon), and Macbeth (Metropolitan Opera HD Live Series).
This season Mr. Relyea returns to the Metropolitan Opera as Escamillo, the Seattle Opera as the title role in Don Quixote
, and the Bayerische Staatsoper as Don Alfonso in Lucrezia Borgia. He also makes appearances with the National Symphony Orchestra, Toronto Symphony, and the NDR Symphony.
Mr. Relyea is the winner of the 2009 Beverly Sills Award and the 2003 Richard Tucker award.
Please see The Metropolitian Opera John Relyea
for further information.