January 19, 20 & 24, 2019
When Georges Bizet’s Carmen debuted in 1875, the opera world was introduced to a brave, new type of heroine – one who drinks, smokes and shamelessly flirts. The titular young gypsy loves passionately, and her fearlessness and free spirit will ultimately make her a target of a failed suitor’s jealousy.
Carmen – a fiery, feminist heroine – has a wandering soul. And eye. She’s loved by two men, but she’s besotted by only one – a matador, Escamillo. Once she makes it known she must follow her wild heart and leave the army corporal Don Jose to be with the bullfighter, Jose flies into a rage. Carmen meets her tragic demise.
Yet, Carmen (the character) is hardly tragic. She’s sexy and confident. She would rather live fully – and even dangerously – than play it safe. And when the inevitable happens, she is fearless. Even in death, Carmen is a heroine for the ages.