Opera: Carmen Until December 4

Until December 4
San Francisco Opera
http://sfopera.com
By Georges Bizet

Libretto by Henri Meilhac and Ludovic Halévy

Thrilling but dangerous, the captivating, capricious Carmen is one of the most vivid characters in all of opera, and two mezzo-sopranos will portray the bold femme fatale on the War Memorial stage. Kendall Gladen (Nov 6, 9 and Nov 26–Dec 4), a former Adler Fellow whose “tone was plush and appealing, and she negotiated Bizet’s tricky harmonies with the kind of assurance most mezzos might envy” (San Francisco Chronicle) and Anita Rachvelishvili (Nov 12–23) “brought an ample, earthy voice and sensual lyricism to her performance, winning a hearty ovation” (The New York Times).

The classic Jean-Pierre Ponnelle production features tenor Thiago Arancam, fresh from his success in San Francisco Opera’s Cyrano de Bergerac (2010), as Don José, the man who unwisely falls under Carmen’s spell. Paulo Szot, a Tony Award winner for South Pacific adored for his “sultry bedroom eyes and…rich, commanding baritone” (The New York Times) promises to be a breathtaking bullfighter, with Adler Fellow soprano Sara Gartland as Micaëla.

More Information
San Francisco Chronicle review

San Francisco Opera
301 Van Ness Avenue, San Francisco
http://sfopera.com

 

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