Opera Abbreviated: Carmen

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Kirstin Chavez sings Carmen with the Columbus Symphony and Opera Columbus, May 9 and 10(Photo: kirstin.chavez.com)
Kirstin Chavez sings Carmen with the Columbus Symphony and Opera Columbus, May 9 and 10(Photo: kirstin.chavez.com)

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The Columbus Symphony Orchestra and Chorus collaborates with Opera Columbus for two performances of Bizet’s Carmen in the Ohio Theater, Friday and Saturday May 9 and 10 and 8 pm Jean-Marie Zeitouni conducts. This performance will be broadcast on the Columbus Symphony broadcast series on  May 18 at 1 pm

Carmen! What’s not to love. She’s comes down to us as a gypsy girl, hands on hip, rose in her teeth, a man killer, a harlot, the nightmare of every boy’s Mama.

She’s none of those things, well, she is a gypsy girl.  Carmen is forthright and plain spoken. She will go where fate takes her: come along who may.

Carmen takes up with the hapless corporal Don Jose until she meets the glamorous matador Escamillo. Being first lady of the Plaza del Toros isn’t bad, but its more than the jealous Don Jose can stand.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UGnzF3DawdY

Carmen was written for the Opera-Comique in Paris, where it had its first performance in 1875. The Comique was the light-opera family friendly theater. The subject matter frightened the management annoyed the public. This opera that today everyone hums was a flop. Audiences changed their minds.

Even in a semi staged production, Carmen with it’s in your face story and Bizet’s glittering score, enchants.

Comments
  • Vaughan

    I tuned in for the broadcast of Carmen today at 1 and was instead offered a Britten program from a local church.

    Can you please let me know when I might be able to hear Carmen on WOSU? Thanks