Movie Night in Uzes: Carmen at the Met
Somehow it seems strange to see a French opera, performed live in New York, broadcast live at a cinema in Uzes — with French subtitles.
It was truly a memorable event. Carmen and more. Not only was it the first time The Barefoot Blogger has seen the opera “Carmen” in full; and the first time I’ve seen an HD performance by the Metropolitan Opera; but also, the first time I’ve attended a night-time cinema in Uzes.
The opera and cast
When last I heard music from “Carmen” I was in Myrtle Beach, SC. The Carolina Master Choral of the Grand Strand, as a fund-raiser, hosted a professional opera singer who performed a few of the most famous arias.
This “live” version of “Carmen,” in HD from the Met, was broadcast in the only cinema in Uzes. As I watched the performance, I was remembering Myrtle Beach and other times in my life when I’ve heard the music from “Carmen.” I also thought of the millions of people all over the world who were attending the HD event along with me at their local theaters. Isn’t technology amazing!??
People who have seen an HD version of the Met operas have said how wonderful it is. Now that I’ve been to one myself, I have to agree. It’s the next best thing to sitting in Lincoln Center.
The Cinema in Uzes
The only theater in Uzes is on a narrow street that runs into the main “rue” of town. From the outside the building looks like a theater straight out of a Woody Allen film.
The inside isn’t much different.
Except at this cinema, there are “do-it-yourself” popcorn machines and bizarre candy machine.
Most interesting is that you can order a meal that is served during intermission.
Wine, beer, champagne and other drinks of your liking, of course.
The Met performance of “Carmen” was a unique experience. Now that I know that meals and drink are available for most nightly theater shows, I know I’ll be back! If you’re in Uzes, the Cinema is definitely a place you should check out. There are several films with English subtitles each week. Or if you’re trying to learn French, going to a show with French subtitles is an interesting way to practice reading the language.
Love Carmen! Love the Cinema!