Flamenco, Passion & Downfall--Carmen: The Tragedy of Don José
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The last date listed for Carmen: The Tragedy of Don José was Sunday March 11, 2007 / 2:00pm.
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In Series pairs Puccini's one-act Le Villi (The Spirits) with Heart of Madrid, a sunny collection of songs from Spanish zarzuela, for an entertaining pocket-opera performance. Puccini's one-act opera-ballet, written early in his career, is inspired by the legend of a haunted forest, where unfaithful lovers are tormented by the spirits of the young women they've betrayed. That's followed by a sampler of light opera hits from Spain, reflecting the spirit and romance of the zarzuela. Learn More
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A different version of the Carmen story, told from Don Jose's point of view. The combination of spoken dialogue with the singing and the inclusion of flamenco dancers and musicians made for a wonderfully dramatic story. Bravura performances by all the principals and by the musicians and dancers. My friend and I loved it!
The surtitling left a lot to be desired (didn't always seem to work and translated a mere fraction of the French being sung), but that's a tiny quibble. It certainly didn't detract from our enjoyment of the performance.
In Bizet's Carmen: The Tragedy of Don José--a haunting new version of the world’s most popular opera--director Nick Olcott, Music Director Carlos Rodriguez and choreographer Jaime Coronado (Spanish Dance Theatre) have re-imagined the well known story, inspired by a closer look at the novella by Prosper Merimée that originated the famous opera. In this new conception, elements from the original narrative fuses with traditional flamenco tablao storytelling and Bizet ’s beloved music to bring Don José’s desperate prison confession to the stage, tracing his fall from honest soldier to ruthless murderer, goaded by the Gypsy temptress who obeys no one but her fate. The result is an intimate story about passion and downfall, framed by Bizet’s sophisticated music and the raw power of authentic flamenco cante jondo and dancing.
Tenor Peter Burroughs is Don José and mezzo-soprano Anamer Castrello is Carmen with Randa Rouweyha, Aaron Silverman, and Eduardo Castro, Grace Gori, John Turner and Laura Wehrmeyer.
Spanish dancers: Alisa Bernstein, Lourdes Elias and Nelson Sitton.
The flamenco cantaor is Gerardo Moreno.
Bizet’s familiar music will be sung in the original French with spoken dialogue in English and Spanish.
The design team includes sets by Guillermo de la Torre, Gabriel García and Elizabeth McFadden, lighting by Brendon Vierra and Ayun Fedorcha, and costumes by Greg Stevens.
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