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Bad Girls Make Good Opera.

In one of the most popular operas of all timeBizet’s free-spirited femme fatale, Carmen, is the kind of woman your mother warned you about. We meet Carmen as the soon-to-be-smitten soldier, Don José, is arresting her. So powerful and potent is Carmen’s beauty and passion that he impulsively leaves behind a career in uniform and follows her into a new life among her people: smugglers and fortune-tellers. But their budding romance ends as abruptly as it started when Carmen takes up with a bullfighter named Escamillo. Fueled by jealousy and obsession, Don José tracks her down and confronts her at a bullfight, where we’ll find out if she has one last trick up her sleeve.

Saturday, September 24, 2022 | 7:30 pm
Friday, September 30, 2022 | 7:30 pm
Sunday, October 2, 2022 | 2:00 pm

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COMPOSER Georges Bizet

LIBRETTO Ludovic Halévy and Henri Meilhac

CONDUCTOR Emmanuel Plasson

DIRECTOR Anna Maria Bruzzese

Understand every word: Performed in French with English subtitles.

Principal Cast

Carmen, Ginger Costa-Jackson

Don José, Eric Fennel

Escamillo, Richard Ollarsaba

Micaëla, Celine Byrne 

Creative Team

Conductor, Emmanuel Plasson

Director and Choreographer, Anna Maria Bruzzese

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  • Photos by Cory Weaver

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