2020–2021 Digital Season | La Tragédie de Carmen | Vancouver Opera
La Tragédie de Carmen by Georges Bizet/Marius Constant
La Tragédie de Carmen by Georges Bizet/Marius Constant

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Georges Bizet
Georges Bizet
Marius Constant
Marius Constant

SYNOPSIS

A mild-mannered man comes to the music shop on an urgent mission – to purchase music for a song that his wife has been requested to sing at the wedding of the prince. Unfortunately, he cannot remember the title or the tune. What ensues are hallucinations of the rage of his Wagnerian soprano wife, his own unhappy fate when he returns empty-handed and a mad scramble through the entire stock of ‘the largest collection of music in all of Russia’ in a desperate attempt to recognise the requested melody in the ill-fated music shop.

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SYNOPSIS

Micaëla, a young country girl, arrives in Seville looking for her childhood sweetheart, Don José. She brings him a letter from his mother. A ‘gitano, Carmen, throws a flower to the young corporal and sings an erotic love song.

The two girls fight and José's superior, Zuniga, appears. Unable to control Carmen, he orders José to take her to jail. En route, Carmen promises José that if he lets her escape she will meet him at the inn of her friend Lillias Pastia. José lets Carmen go, whereupon Zuniga locks him up and takes away the corporal's rank. Carmen arrives at the inn with stolen goods. Zuniga comes to see Carmen and offers money for her favors. Carmen accepts, but shortly thereafter Jose enters.

Carmen abandons Zuniga and sings for José. At this moment the bugles blow, summoning José back to the barracks. Carmen is furious and taunts him; the situation becomes tense. José discovers Zuniga, loses control and kills the officer.

Nathan Keoughan

CAST & CREATIVE

with members of the Vancouver Opera Orchestra

Sarah Jane Pelzer
Sarah Jane Pelzer
Les Dala
Les Dala