Grand opera is returning to Chattanooga once again with BizetsCarmenon April 11and 13at 7:30 p.m. at the Tivoli Theatre. The opera was last performed by the CSO in October, 1994.
We had financial and programmatic success with bringing back grand opera during our 2016/17 season withMadame Butterfly, said CSO Executive Director Samantha Teter.
The excitement from the community around opera was palpable, and we are excited to bring a fully staged grand opera back this season withCarmen.
Carmenis set in southern Spain and centers on Carmen, a beautiful and fiery gypsy girl who seduces Don Jos, a straight-laced soldier in the army. The tale that unfolds is one of passion, obsession, and spurned love. WhenCarmenmade its debut in 1875 it was met with harsh criticism and negative reviews - with a scandalous heroine and the portrayal of characters as real men and women with raw emotions,Carmenwas far from the conventional operas of that day.
Today,Carmenhas become a worldwide operatic phenomenon, and is a favorite among long-time opera enthusiasts and those new to opera. For those of you whove experienced BizetsCarmenlive, you will completely understand why weve chosen it for our next production, said Music Director Emeritus and opera conductor, Bob Bernhardt. The music ...