Washington National Opera: Carmen

Saturday, September 19, 2015 - Saturday, October 03, 2015

Smoldering with sensuality and danger, this production of Bizet's most famous opera pulses with erotic power--from Carmen's rousing "Habanera" aria to the famous "Toreador Song"--all culminating in a spectacular finale at a bullfight.

Price:

$25.00 - $320.00

Run Time:

Approx. 3 hours




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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. 
 
Smoldering with sensuality and danger, this sizzling production of Bizet's most famous opera 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!

 
Performance Timing: Acts I & II - 90 min.; Intermission - 20 min.; Acts III & IV - 60 min.

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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*
Additional Costume Designer
Timm Burrow
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.

TAKE A PEEK BEHIND THE SCENES
Check out the Brightest Young Things backstage photo roundup.

Watch and Listen

Francesca Zambello on WNO’s Carmen

WNO Commentary: Carmen 1 of 8: Act One: A public square in Seville (audio only)

WNO Commentary: Carmen 2 of 8: Act One: Carmen and Don José (audio only)

WNO Commentary: Carmen 3 of 8: Act Two: The tavern, the toreador (audio only)

WNO Commentary: Carmen 4 of 8: Act Two: Music drama (audio only)

WNO Commentary: Carmen 5 of 8: Act Three: A mountain pass near Seville (audio only)

WNO Commentary: Carmen 6 of 8: Act Three: Micaëla, the confrontations (audio only)

WNO Commentary: Carmen 7 of 8: Act Four: Outside the bullring, Seville (audio only)

WNO Commentary: Carmen 8 of 8: Act Four: Carmen and Don José (audio only)

Washington National Opera - 2015-2016 Season Preview

Highlights from WNOs Carmen

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