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The Opera House is the second-largest theater in the Center, with 2,362 seats. It was designed for ballet, opera, and musical theater. Over the years, the Opera House has welcomed dozens of the world's great dance and opera companies and has hosted some of the most important artistic events of the last quarter century. With its distinctive red and gold chandelier, a gift from Austria, the Opera House makes an elegant setting for the annual Kennedy Center Honors, the nation's highest award for lifetime achievement in the arts.

Coming to the Opera House :

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Washington National Opera: Carmen

About:

BEAUTY AS BRIGHT AS A ROSE. PASSION AS SHARP AS A KNIFE.
 
GEORGES BIZET / HENRI MEILHAC & LUDOVIC HALÉVY
Carmen (1874)

In French with Projected English Titles
Production from Canadian Opera Company

"Grittily inventive… quintessentially theatrical… an impressive achievement!
A staging that will enchant opera newbies while offering significant rewards to opera veterans"
--The Vancouver Sun
 
Bold, rebellious, mercurial--that's the provocative gypsy Carmen. And to dutiful soldier Don José, she's too much to handle… yet maddeningly irresistible. In a moment of unbridled passion, Don José ultimately surrenders to her seductive charms, forcing him to flee his village and abandon his childhood sweetheart for an outlaw's life in the mountains. But once Carmen scorns his affections for a dashing matador, her fiery act of betrayal ignites a jealous rage, leading to shocking, murderous consequences.
 
This sizzling production of Bizet's most famous opera shifts the classic story to a Latin American setting smoldering with sensuality and danger, using the original version of the score. The music pulses with erotic power--from Carmen's rousing "Habanera" aria and uninhibited dancing in a smoky tavern to the famous "Toreador Song"--all culminating in a spectacular finale at a bullfight. As the Vancouver Observer says, this staging of Carmen is "full of lust, realism, a wild yet plausible plot, and characters that are impossible not to care about… a sure-fire hit!"

Don't miss the must-see event of the fall season--it will burn in your heart and mind forever!

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CAST & CREATIVE TEAM
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Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Performance: 
Fri., Oct. 2 at 7 p.m. 

See below for 10/2 casting featuring current and former Domingo-Cafritz Young Artists. Additional casting to be announced.

Carmen                  
Clémentine Margaine* (9/19, 9/21, 9/24, 9/26, 10/1, 10/3 mat)
Géraldine Chauvet (9/20 mat, 9/25, 9/27 mat, 9/29, 10/3 eve)
Sarah Mesko ± (10/2)

Don José
Bryan Hymel* (9/19, 9/21, 9/24, 9/26)
Rafael Davila (9/20 mat, 9/25, 9/27 mat, 9/29, 10/1, 10/3 mat)
Michael Brandenburg  (10/2, 10/3 eve) 

Escamillo
Michael Todd Simpson (9/19, 9/21, 9/24, 9/26, 10/1, 10/3 mat)
Aleksey Bogdanov±  (9/20 mat, 9/25, 9/27 mat, 9/29, 10/2, 10/3 eve)

Micaëla
Janai Brugger* (9/19, 9/21, 9/24, 9/26, 10/1, 10/3 mat)
Jacqueline Echols± (9/20 mat, 9/25, 9/27 mat, 9/29, 10/3 eve)
Raquel González‡ (10/2)
 
Director                      
E. Loren Meeker
Conductor                  
Evan Rogister
Set Designer               
Michael Yeargan
Costume Designer      
François St-Aubin*
Lighting Designer      
Robert Wierzel
Choreographer           
Sara Erde                                         
 
*WNO debut
± Former Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist
‡ Current Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist

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COME EARLY FOR FREE OPERA INSIGHTS
Musicologist Saul
Lilienstein leads the Thursday, Sep. 24 Opera Insight, starting 1 hour and 15 minutes before the performance and lasting 35–40 minutes. All other Opera Insights start 1 hour before the performance and last 20–25 minutes. Informative and entertaining, Opera Insights take you inside the composer's mind, behind the scenes of planning a production, and into the history and social context of each opera.
These lectures are free, but patrons must present a ticket from any performance of Carmen.

STAY AFTER FOR A FREE ARTIST Q&A
Following these performances:

Sunday matinee, Sep. 20
Monday evening, Sep. 21
Sunday matinee, Sep. 27
Join WNO artists for a unique opportunity to ask questions about the production.
All discussions begin immediately after the performance and are free with your ticket.