Shiley dētour Series Continues with The Tragedy of Carmen (La Tragédie de Carmen)

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The Tragedy of Carmen

​San Diego Opera’s Shiley dētour Series continues on Friday, March 10, 2017 at the Balboa Theater with The Tragedy of Carmen, Peter Brook’s adaptation of Bizet’s beloved opera Carmen. Taking the music, plot, drama, and emotion from the original classic, this distilled 90-minute chamber opera serves as a perfect introduction to the art form. Tickets start at just $20. Additional performances are Saturday, March 11th at 7pm and Sunday, March 12th at 2pm

The Tragedy of Carmen tells the story of the soldier Don José who leaves his sweetheart Micaëla for the fiery and passionate Carmen. Carmen, however, has her eyes on the swaggering bullfighter Escamillo and jealously erupts that threatens to swallow them all. This is a new production, created specifically for these performances at the Balboa Theatre. The opera will be performed in French with English translations projected above the stage.

Four new principal singers make Company debuts with San Diego Opera for these performances. American mezzo-soprano Peabody Southwell sings the role Carmen. She is joined by Canadian tenor Adrian Kramer as Don José. Canadian soprano Andriana Chuchman sings Micaëla and American bass-baritone Ryan Kuster round out the cast. Stage director Alexander Gedeon makes his house debut staging the production and conductor Christopher Rountree, in his Company debut, leads the orchestra from the podium. 

Join Dr. Nicolas Reveles, San Diego Opera's Director of Community Engagement, for these fascinating, half-hour overviews of our operas. He'll take you on an intriguing journey through the story, music and history of each opera. You'll pick up rich insight into the structure and composition of the music, along with recommendations of the best recordings. It's a wonderful prelude to your opera experience and a great way to pick up some tidbits to impress your friends at intermission! 

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