Carmen and the Madman

Metropolitan Opera

I couldn’t have timed better the decision to replay my all time favorite Masterpiece Theatre Classic, "The Forsyte Saga," than the week the Metropolitan would broadcast its "Carmen." I had never really considered the fact that the two works and their heroine’s were so close; more sisters than cousins. The similarities are striking Both women -- John Galsworthy’s Irene Heron, like Georges Bizet’s Carmen -- are striving for freedom in a world of men obsessed, who are finally driven mad in their...