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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.

Wednesday | Oct 23, 2013

Twelve Days of Carmen–Day Three

Welcome to day three of our Twelve Days of Carmen blog series. This introduction is from our Conductor, Hal France.

Honest            Down to Earth           Gifted              Unselfish        Team Players

These words come to mind when thinking about our cast.  It’s really fun to watch dedicated actors work. They listen intently to our Director Lillian, absorb and challenge ideas, contribute their own, argue and joke, experiment with new things, create scenes together, and most importantly, display tremendous vulnerability.  While waiting to get onstage, I’ve noticed our leads Leann, Leah, Jonathan, and Marcelo watch their colleagues with definite admiration. That’s really inspiring.

These are the opera singers of today and, yes, they have extraordinary singing voices, but what they do is not always about singing.

Today we share some personal reflections of our Carmen, Leann Sandel-Pantaleo. 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.

Tuesday | Oct 22, 2013

Twelve Days of Carmen–Day Two

In this video, day two in the “Twelve Days of Carmen”, we continue by sharing the words of Director Lillian Groag, as she answers the question, “Who Is 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.

Commentary about the rehearsal process from Conductor Hal France:

The next step in the rehearsal process takes us out of the frying pan and into the fire. Last night’s room run through deepened our our approach to this story and the sense of this show. This is something we will try to hold on to as we leap from Opera Omaha’s rehearsal space to the Orpheum’s proscenium. People will now communicate through walls and across footlights. Before concepts can thrive, however, there is business to take care of.  The backstage crew now joins this enterprise. Through their work and skill we introduce another essential piece of this pie, the environments for Carmen; the set!

From Opera Omaha, ticket purchase information. To order online, visit Ticket Omaha. To order by phone, call 402-345-0606.

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