The Kennedy Center

Voices of Carmen


VOICES OF CARMEN is an urban musical adaptation of the opera Carmen set in a High School. The Baltimore cast of youth 14-21 years, bring a contemporary spin to this iconic story that's filled with fresh yet familiar renditions of George Bizet’s compositions, as well as eleven original songs from Pop to Hip Hop and R&B. Writer/Director CJay Philip created her adaptation of Carmen in 2008, which enjoyed sold out performances in Zurich Switzerland. At the time, having the teenage leading lady die at the hands of her boyfriend seemed a little intense and far fetched. Now in 2019, this scenario is all to real in High Schools and on college campuses throughout the US. Tired of the Town Hall Meeting after a tragic event, Voices of Carmen is an attempted to get out in front of the problem of escalating conflicts, violence and intimate partner abuse. This production hopes to serve as a catalyst for community dialogue and improved emotional health and awareness, while providing resources to help students and adults deal with stress that can arise in intimate partner relationships. A stage reading of excerpt will be presented June 22nd 4PM at the DC Black Theater Festival and the full production premieres July 31st at Baltimore School for the Arts. For more about the production visit

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Video 8/3/2019: Voices of Carmen

Voices of Carmen is an urban musical adaption of the iconic opera, Carmen, set in a high school. Filled with fresh, yet familiar renditions, this production also includes 11 original songs and heart-pumping dances and rhythms from Hip Hop, pop, and R&B.