ROME — “Carmen” is one of the world’s best-known operas, and as such, there seems to be no end to the adaptations of the drama by Georges Bizet, based on Prosper Mérimée’s story.

After being revisited by countless lyrical and movie productions, even adapted into a hip-hop opera movie sung by Beyoncé, the latest “Carmen,” staged by Rome’s Opera Theater, bowed last week here, with costumes designed by Alberta Ferretti. The premiere also marked the reopening, after 10 years, of the city’s archeological site Termedi Caracalla, an ancient Roman spa turned into an open-air theater.

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