Event Details

  • January 19, 2018
  • 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
  • $20 - $90
  • $10 student tickets are available with valid full-time student ID
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  • Red Mountain Theatre Cabaret
  • 301 19th St N
  • Birmingham, AL 35203
  • (205) 322-6737
  • http://operabirmingham.org

Event Description

The Tragedy of Carmen

Opera Birmingham continues its successful chamber opera series with two intimate performances of The Tragedy of Carmen, acclaimed English director Peter Brook’s gripping adaptation of Georges Bizet’s Carmen. Performances will be Friday, January 19 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, January 21 at 2:30 p.m. at the Red Mountain Theatre Cabaret. In this distilled 90-minute production, one of the most famous operas of all time is returned to its origins of sexual intrigue, power, and complexity, which shocked audiences at its Paris premiere in 1875. A story of doomed love and violent passion, with some of the most popular and familiar music ever performed, the plot centers around the gypsy Carmen, a sexy temptress who draws the eye of the naïve Don José. When she leaves him for the dashing bullfighter Escamillo, jealousy ignites and threatens to burn them all. For a full synopsis of The Tragedy of Carmen visit www.operabirmingham.org/the-tragedy-of-carmen. The Tragedy of Carmen will be sung as written in French, but presented with English supertitles, so you’ll understand every word! Contralto Alissa Anderson will lead the cast as the fiery temptress Carmen, and will be joined by tenor Brent Reilly Turner as Don Jose, soprano Adelaide Boedecker as Micaela and Calvin Griffin as Escamillo. Music will be directed by Tyson Deaton, who will also accompany on piano along with John Robertson. The stage will be under the direction of Candace Evans. This adaptation of Carmen explores the boundaries of where opera and theatre meet. The New York Times declares, “Peter Brook's creation is unquestionably a tour de force from a conventional theatrical viewpoint…” Brook is best known for his Tony award-winning production of Shakespeare’s Midsummer Night’s Dream, and his work with the Royal Opera House in London, including a production of Strauss’s Salome with sets by painter Salvador Dalí. According to Opera Birmingham General Director Keith A. Wolfe, “Carmen has earned its status as a beloved classic – a leading lady who could rival any Hollywood siren, a passionate love triangle, and music that is instantly recognizable. This intimate adaption highlights the best aspects of the opera, and will give you a new appreciation for one of the world’s most famous scores.” Adult tickets are $35 and $50 and can be purchased online at www.operabirmingham.org (24 hours a day), by calling 205-322-6737 (Monday-Friday, 9:00am-5:00pm), or in person at the Opera Birmingham office (3601 Sixth Ave. S). Student tickets ($10) are available for all Opera Birmingham performances to students age 25 or under, and must be purchased in person with a valid full-time student ID at the door prior to each performance, subject to availability. To inquire about rates for groups of 10 or more, call 205-322-6737. The Tragedy of Carmen ticket-holders are also invited to a pre-performance chat, which will take place one hour prior to each performance. Enjoy exclusive insights from the stage director, Ms. Evans, and general director, Mr. Wolfe. This special opportunity is open to all ticket-holders! This production of The Tragedy of Carmen is sponsored by a generous contribution from Dr. Julius E. Linn, Jr. Opera Birmingham’s 2017-2018 season is made possible, in part, by grants from the Caring Foundation/Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Alabama, Alabama State Council on the Arts and National Endowment for the Arts. The season continues with Romeo & Juliet on March 23 & 25 and the 40th Annual Vocal Competition on May 19 & 20. Mini-season ticket packages are still available online, by phone, or at the Opera Office. Season ticket holders receive a discount off individual performance ticket prices, as well as priority seating and other exclusive benefits. For more information regarding Opera Birmingham and upcoming performances, visit OperaBirmingham.org or call 205-322-6737, and connect with Opera Birmingham on Facebook, Twitter @OperaBham, and Instagram @

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