Referred to as a hybrid of opera and play, Opera Français and Peter Brook’s The Tragedy of Carmen, an adaptation of George Bizet’s masterpiece Carmen, distills the grand opera into ninety minutes of drama (a whopping one-third of the original opera). Reduced to just four voices, much of Carmen has been transformed: gone are the choruses, ensemble numbers, and several characters. The goal: to focus and intensify the dramatic underpinnings of Carmen – a proud soldier on a path of self-destruction over the gypsy femme fatale.
- Part of ArtsNaples World Festival, Opera Naples and Maestro Ramón Tebar will present this powerful adaptation at the David and Cecile Wang Opera Center on May 1 and 2. Tickets cost $50 and $85; for more information, call 239-390-2788 or visit operanaples.org.
- Carmen – Carla Dirlikov (mezzo-soprano)
- Don José – Casey Finnigan (temor)
- Escamillo – Corey Crider (baritone)
- Micaëla – Marinel Cruz (soprano)
- Stage Director – Mario Corradi