This is another treasure! A videoclip from a historical performance of Bizet's "Carmen" at the Mariinsky Theater of St. Petersburg in 1997, starring Elena Obraztsova in the title role, Viktor Lutsyuk as Don Jose, Anna Netrebko as Micaela, Alexander Morozov as Escamillo, Olga Trifonova as Frasquita, Maria Gorzevskaya as Mercedes, Leonid Zakhozhaev as Remendado, Vladimir Samsonov as Dancairo and Alexander Gergalov as Morales. Valery Gergiev conducted the Chorus and Orchestra of the Mariinsky Theater.
This was the last performance of Elena Obraztsova as Carmen at the Mariinsky Theater and she broke her left hand during a scene of the 3rd act. Vladimir Samsonov runned behind the scenes to call a doctor. After a pause, Elena Obraztsova returned to the stage to sing her role till the end of the performance.