Carmen, the world’s most popular opera, was composed by Frenchman Geirges Bizet and was first performed in 1875.
As compelling today as it was back then, the opera is set in southern Spain and tells the story of the downfall of Don José, a soldier who is seduced by Carmen. José abandons his childhood sweetheart and deserts from his military duties to pursue Carmen, yet loses her love to Escamillo the matador, precipitating Jose to kill her in a jealous rage.
A colorful and captivating drama, Carmen is full of songs we know by heart with a timeless story focused on love, betrayal and tragedy. Bizet’s bewitching melodies, including the “Habanera” and the “Toreador Song,” and stunning projected visuals make this semi-staged production an ideal introduction to the thrill of opera.
Conducted by Andrew Constantine, the opera stars mezzo soprano Allegra De Vita as Carmen, tenor Alex Richardson as Don Jose, baritone Timothy Mix as Escamillo, and soprano Michelle Areyzaga as Micaëla, plus assistance from the Fort Wayne Philharmonic Chorus and members of the Fort Wayne Children’s Choir.
Musically Speaking, a free pre-concert talk designed to provide audience members insight into the evening’s program and featured guests, takes place one hour before the show.