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!
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Opera will be sung in French with English supertitles
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