We love the VA Opera and we love modernizations of classics – and VA Opera’s new production of Carmen, set in 1950′s Spain, is a lovely combination of the two.
So we’re pretty freaking excited.
Here’s a few more details about the show via the VA Opera website:
When she’s not making cigarettes at the factory in Seville, Carmen is busy making trouble. This gypsy should come with a warning label! Unfortunately, naïve army corporal, Don José, is out of the loop. Boy meets girl and becomes so besotted that he wrecks his career and his life for her. When she drops him for the next man to come along—a dashing Toreador—her fancy decides her fate. Bizet’s masterpiece is the perfect combination of passion and drama, featuring the most seductive score in opera!
Sultry mezzo-soprano Ginger Costa-Jackson makes her mainstage debut as opera’s most notorious vixen while Dinyar Vania and Ryan Kuster fight for her affections on stage as the smitten solider and his bullfighting rival. Corrine Winters gets caught in the middle of this triangle as girl-next-door, Micaëla. This never-before-seen production also heralds the return of two creative masterminds to Virginia Opera: conductor John DeMain (Aida, 2011) and director Tazewell Thompson (The Pearl Fishers, 2012).
Check out some behind the scenes details from the production in the video below, and pick up your tickets here (Don’t forget to put GayRVA in the promo code line to get a discount!)
Virginia Opera closes its 2012-13 season with The Marriage of Figaro. First performed in 1786, The Marriage of Figaro is one of Mozart’s most successful masterworks complete with cross-dressing characters, mistaken identities, and fabulous wit. Directed by Lillian Groag, this heart-warming comedy explores love, marriage, and the presumptions of class. Figaro and his love Susanna, [...]