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The Metropolitan Opera's revival of its 2 1/2-year-old production of Bizet's "Carmen" was memorable for the debut of conductor Michele Mariotti and for performances by Anita Rachvelishvili and Yonghoon Lee that never quite came together.
A sultry summer thunderstorm rolled over Wolf Trap's Filene Center on Thursday evening, drenching the throng of lawn-seat ticket holders outside the auditorium. They, and the nearly full house inside, were there to catch a one-time-only concert performance of Georges Bizet's opera "Carmen," headlined by an even sultrier mezzo-soprano, Denyce Graves, the definitive Carmen of our time.