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Monday | Oct 28, 2013

Twelve Days of Carmen–Day Eight

Day Eight: October 28, 2013

Despite its popularity, Carmen is a true masterpiece. The composer created powerful themes and uses them to perfection. Today, Jonathan Burton sings the Flower Song with piano accompaniment. The fate theme played by English Horn introduces the aria. Jose describes his two months in jail and the haunting image of Carmen.

Video shot at the Strauss Performing Art Center in community partnership between Opera Omaha and University of Nebraska at Omaha College of Communication Fine Arts and Media, CFAM.

Do you need tickets for our production of Carmen? Visit Ticket Omaha online or call 402-345-0606 to order by phone.

Sunday | Oct 27, 2013

Twelve Days of Carmen–Day Seven

Day Seven: October 27, 2013

For the next two days in this series, we offer the singing voices of Leann Sandel-Pantaleo and Jonathan Burton. Their characters have many issues onstage. As Lillian says, some people should never meet. In rehearsals, they are a dream team. Two more wonderful artists are outstanding on the team. Leah Partridge is Micaela and Marcelo Guzzo, Escamillo in Opera Omaha’s production of Carmen. Their characters balance the story bringing beauty and gallantry to the mix.

Carmen doesn’t recognize limits or rules, yet subscribes totally to the power of destiny. Here’s a moment from Act Three.

Video shot at the Strauss Performing Art Center in community partnership between Opera Omaha and University of Nebraska at Omaha College of Communication Fine Arts and Media, CFAM.

Do you need tickets for our production of Carmen? Visit Ticket Omaha online or call 402-345-0606 to order by phone.

Saturday | Oct 26, 2013

Twelve Days of Carmen–Day Six

Day Six: October 26, 2013

By Conductor, Hal France

“The essential innovation in Carmen lies in Bizet’s attitude towards the character of Carmen herself.” Leslie Wright

The composer struggled with his librettists who were conservative and afraid of what an untamed Carmen might mean to their audience. Thanks to Bizet’s determination, interpreters today can pursue for this opera a wide range of modern dramatic choices. Carmen is a director’s opera and Opera Omaha has a really good one.

Here are some insights from Director Lillian Groag.

Video shot at the Strauss Performing Art Center in community partnership between Opera Omaha and University of Nebraska at Omaha College of Communication Fine Arts and Media, CFAM.

Do you need tickets for our production of Carmen? Visit Ticket Omaha online or call 402-345-0606 to order by phone.

Friday | Oct 25, 2013

Twelve Days of Carmen–Day Five

Day Five: October 25, 2013

A few words from Conductor, Hal France:

We got our first glimpse at Act Two and Act Four onstage last night. Last year, Opera Omaha purchased designer Paul Shortt’s Carmen sets from the New York City Opera. This is a large scale look that maximizes the Orpheum stage and offers some vistas that I haven’t seen up there before. The chorus sound bounces off the walls with so much power that this conductor is giddy with hope. It will be fun to see Kyle Lang’s dance choreography and Robert Ruffin’s fight choreography fill the stage.

Today’s video features a few more glimpses at the opera’s musical strengths. Enjoy.

Video shot at the Strauss Performing Art Center in community partnership between Opera Omaha and University of Nebraska at Omaha College of Communication Fine Arts and Media, CFAM.

Do you need tickets for our production of Carmen? Visit Ticket Omaha online or call 402-345-0606 to order by phone.

Thursday | Oct 24, 2013

Twelve Days of Carmen–Day Four

Day Four: October 24, 2013

Video shot at the Strauss Performing Art Center in community partnership between Opera Omaha and University of Nebraska at Omaha College of Communication Fine Arts and Media, CFAM.

From Conductor, Hal France:

In his signature opera, Carmen, George Bizet displays rare qualities. It has depth and mastery that satisfies opera aficionados like Friedrich Nietsche who called it “perfect”. It also has a magical je ne sais quoi that makes it “popular”.  Carmen offers high dramatic art and unforgettable sound bites that appeal to everyone. Today, when I think of popular musical artists with special talents I think of Sting, Winton Marsallis, Michael Jackson, and Leonard Bernstein to name a few. Bizet was similar and his opera Carmen reveals something extra; genius!!

It’s always interesting, and sometimes surprising, to learn what musical roots opera performers come from. We share a story on that subject from our Don José, Jonathan Burton.

Do you need tickets for our production of Carmen? Visit Ticket Omaha online or call 402-345-0606 to order by phone.

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