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A Beautiful, New-To-Cincinnati Production

If desire is the spark of love,

then Carmen has ignited a thousand infernos. The mysterious Spanish beauty is an untamed spirit— hypnotic in her allure, coolly crushing hearts. When she tangles with José, an unsuspecting soldier, he’s blindsided, then spellbound, and soon, utterly obsessed. What begins as flirtation descends into something sinister ... something from which Carmen may never escape. There’s a reason Carmen has endured as an all-time favorite—with one dazzling tune after another, Carmen never fails to satisfy. Our vibrant, new-to-Cincinnati production stars Stacey Rishoi in the title role, a singer admired for her “seductive appearance and acting” and “voice of fine beauty” (Opera News). As Carmen’s spurned lover, Don José, William Burden offers “emotional range, high notes, and lyricism” (Chicago Tribune). Daniel Okulitch, “full of swagger and rich, virile tone” (Opera Canada), is the cocky toreador, Escamillo. Jessica Rivera shares her “poised, beautiful singing” (Boston Herald ) as José’s trusting fiancée, Micaela.


Music by Georges Bizet Libretto by Henri Meilhac and Ludovic Halévy Carmen Stacey Rishoi Don José William Burden Micaela Jessica Rivera Escamillo Daniel Okulitch Frasquita Alexandra Schoeny Zuniga Nathan Stark El Dancairo Sumner Thompson El Remendado Aaron Blake Moralès Joseph Lattanzi

the opera

Stacey Rishoi Carmen

William Burden Don José

Jessica Rivera Micaela

Conductor Marc Piollet Stage Director Alain Gauthier Scenic Designer Allen Charles Klein Costume Designer Dean Brown Lighting Designer Thomas C. Hase Choreographer Jeff Rebudal Hair & Make-up Designer James D. Geier Chorus Master Henri Venanzi Sung in French with projected translation. Performance length: 3 hours and 15 minutes

Thursday, June 12 at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, June 14 at 7:30 p.m. Friday, June 20 at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, June 22 at 3:00 p.m. Music Hall

Daniel Okulitch Escamillo

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