[France] Bizet's "Carmen" Opera Production (Outdoor)

Carmen is an opera in four acts by the French composer Georges Bizet [masked]). It was first performed at the Opéra-Comique in Paris in 1875.

The opera, written in the genre of opéra comique with musical numbers separated by dialogue, tells the story of the downfall of Don José, a naive soldier who is seduced by the wiles of the fiery gypsy Carmen. José abandons his childhood sweetheart and deserts from his military duties, yet loses Carmen's love to the glamorous toreador Escamillo after which José kills her in a jealous rage. The depictions of proletarian life, immorality and lawlessness, and the tragic outcome in which the main character dies on stage, broke new ground in French opera and were highly controversial.

...It rapidly acquired celebrity at home and abroad, and continues to be one of the most frequently performed operas; the "toreador's song" from Act 2 is among the best known of all operatic arias. Later commentators have asserted that Carmen forms the bridge between the tradition of opéra comique and the realism or verismo that characterised late 19th-century Italian opera.

The music of Carmen has been widely acclaimed for its brilliance of melody, harmony, atmosphere and orchestration, and for the skill with which Bizet represented musically the emotions and suffering of his characters

The Full Opera Production of Bizet's Carmen
Conductor: Tiffany Chang: Stage Director: Giselle Ty; Music Director: Thomas Enman

Outdoor Community Performance
Adults $20*,  Student/Seniors $15*/Children: Free!
*Recommended Donation
www.nempacboston.org

CARMEN
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Opera will be sung in French with English supertitles
Cast:
Carmen: Alexandra Dietrich
Don Jose: Fred VanNess
Micaela: Sherri Snow, Laura Hansen*
Escamillo: Kevin Keyes, Jeff Barth*
Frasquita: Caitlin Hadeler, Shannon Miller*
Mercedes: Rebecca Rapoport-Cole, Anne Byrne*
El Remendano: Brian Gonzales, Jack Byrne*
El Dancairo: Miguel Vasquez
Zuniga: Christopher Voss
Morales: Brendon Milardo, Ian Pomerantz*
Chorus: Cabelle St. John, Julia Miller, Amelia Jenison, Jin Kim, Chelsea Smith, Erika Mitchell, Torrey Slack, Carla Maniscalco, Jonah Spool, Gabriel Pang

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  • Noriko

    I really enjoyed my first opera experience. It was a good combination of fun company, good music and great weather!

    July 2, 2012

  • Mariko

    Fine weather, fine opera, and fine beer day for us. Their costume can be improved but wonderful opera singers!

    July 1, 2012

  • Tatiana

    Hi Mariko. Thanks for going in early and staking out a spot. What time does the performance start? I will try to bring some stuff for everyone and may bring a guest with me. Thanks!

    Tati

    July 1, 2012

  • Mariko

    Hi Folks,
    Sunday:1) bring your own chairs, blankets, picnics. The lawn is nice to sit on. (hat, sun screen) 2) Rain location is St. Leonard's Church 3) Yes- you can pay the donation at the sight, a table will be set up for this and they appreciate any donations you are willing to give!
    4) the stage will be set right near the water fountain infront of the the waterfront (audience is facing the water). The orchestra will be under a tent to stage left. I try to reserve some good spot, if I can.

    June 28, 2012

  • Mariko

    Hi Tatiana,
    I am enquiring about all kind of things regarding the concert, and the organizer has not responded yet. It is more likely that we have to bring our own chairs or picnic cloths to sit and no rain date, I guess. By the way the area is so nice that you can walk around, have coffee/tea/dinner with the view of waterfront and can take ferries to the islands in the Boston Harbor, if you like.

    June 24, 2012

  • Tatiana

    Hi, will there be seating there or will we have to bring our own lawn chairs?

    June 24, 2012

  • Mariko

    Hi folks,
    Let's meet at the front of the restaurant, The Living Room, 101 Atlantic Ave. Boston, MA 02110 at 1:45 pm. This is right at the front of the park. I will be carrying the meetup sign there. Parking is not easy but you may be lucky enough to find a spot in the Sunday afternoon around Atlantic Ave. A few min walk from Aquarium T Station (Blue Line) as well. This opera will be performed in a beautiful small park on the waterfront, adjacent to the harbor front. Will post more info later.

    June 23, 2012

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