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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Mozart's whimsical opera The Magic Flute springs to life via the Washington National Opera and vivid, colorful sets and costumes from Japanese-American artist Jun Kaneko. This adventure-filled opera begins as the Queen of the Night sends the brave Prince Tamino on a quest to rescue her daughter from an evil sorcerer. Accompanied by the clumsy and comical birdcatcher Papageno, Tamino braves all obstacles to find the princess and defeat the sorcerer, only to find that all is not what it seems. Tamino's adventure is marked by dramatic plot twists as trickery and betrayals are revealed, and the true villain emerges. This production is sung in English with projected English titles. Learn More
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Featured review from Goldstar MemberRed Velvet
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I enjoyed the production and thought there was much talent on stage. Some of the flamenco "background" dancing seemed forced, but when the dancing was featured it was fabulous. Carmen had a really wonderful voice but bad costume for the part. The musical director/pianist is brilliant.
I will definitely go back to the Tivoi/Gala and look for future productions. I wish the seats were not so awful -- no leg room whatsoever, even for my 5'7" self, much less for my 6' guest.
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.