Opera’s ultimate temptress opens the season with a sizzle in this classic production that transports you to sultry Seville. The story of a beguiling gypsy who sets her sights on a naïve but passionate young corporal, Carmen traces a tale of seduction, obsession, and deadly betrayal.
Bizet’s masterpiece features many of opera’s most powerful melodies, from the bewitching “Habañera,” to the passionate “Seguidilla,” and the bravura of the “Toreador” song, capturing the imagination from the first notes of its renowned overture.
Starring in the title role is one of the signature Carmens of our time, Curtis Institute alumna mezzo-soprano Rinat Shaham. Her Glyndebourne Festival debut as Carmen led the Independent to praise her as “a sensation.” As Don José, Canadian tenor David Pomeroy makes his OCP debut on the heels of recent performances at the Metropolitan Opera in the title roles of Faust and The Tales of Hoffmann. Corrado Rovaris, the Jack Mulroney Music Director, leads this season opening production, featuring a classic setting and costumes that dial up the heat.
At the Academy of Music
Friday, September 30, 2011 at 8:00 pm
Sunday, October 2, 2011 at 2:30 pm
Wednesday, October 5, 2011 at 7:30 pm
Sunday, October 9, 2011 at 2:30 pm
Friday, October 14, 2011 at 8:00 pm
Estimated Running Time:
3 hours, 25 minutes
Sung in French with English translations