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Carmen

Georges Bizet

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OCTOBER 14, 16, 20, 22, 26, 28, 30, AND NOVEMBER 4, 2022


Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts

Performance time is approximately three hours and 20 minutes, including one 25-minute intermission


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The fiercely independent Carmen becomes ensnared in a high-stakes game among garrison soldiers, smugglers, and a superstar bullfighter in Bizet’s blockbuster opera.

Our classic production transports audiences to a sun-drenched setting of bustling street scenes and outlaw hideaways, with a dramatic climax that crackles with electricity. American mezzo soprano star J’Nai Bridges—dubbed “the Beyonce of opera” by BET—makes her COC debut in the iconic titular role.


Credits
Sung in French with English SURTITLESTM



CAST AND CREATIVE TEAMS


Conductor: Jacques Lacombe
Director: Joel Ivany
Lighting Designer: Jason Hand
Original Set Designer: Michael Yeargan
Original Costume Designer: François St. Aubin
Price Family Chorus Master: Sandra Horst

Carmen: J'Nai Bridges/Rihab Chaieb
Don José: Marcelo Puente
Micaëla: Joyce El-Khoury/Anna-Sophie Neher
Escamillo: Lucas Meachem
Zuniga: Alain Coulombe
Le Remendado: Jean-Philippe Lazure

With the COC Orchestra and Chorus

A Canadian Opera Company production

The Story

SYNOPSIS IN A MINUTE

Carmen is a seductive, freedom-loving woman, desired by many. She takes Don José, a young soldier, as her latest lover, who defects from the army to join her in her smuggling life. But when she spurns him for the dashing toreador Escamillo, Don José cannot accept her rejection…to fatal consequences.  

 

FULL SYNOPSIS

 

ACT I 

Micaëla, a young peasant girl, is searching for her beloved, the soldier Don José. During the changing of the guard, a group of women take a break from their work at a cigar factory. One of them, Carmen, has many admirers but she tries to attract the attention of Don José who remains indifferent to her, despite the flower she has tossed at him. A short time later, the beautiful Carmen is arrested following a fracas with another factory worker, and Don José is assigned to arrest her. Falling under her spell, the corporal allows her to escape, landing him in jail for two months.  

 

ACT II  

Carmen and her friends gather at a tavern, when a passing parade celebrates the victorious bullfighter, Escamillo. Zuniga, Don José’s lieutenant who is in love with Carmen too, tells Carmen that Don José has been released from jail.  Don José soon arrives at the tavern and Carmen demands that he give up his commission and follow her into the mountains with the smugglers. Meanwhile, Zuniga has caught up with Don José and tries to convince the corporal to come home with him. Don José, torn between duty and desire and jealous of Zuniga’s affection for Carmen, picks a fight with Zuniga. In the end, he has no choice but to desert his company and flee into the mountains with Carmen and the band of smugglers.  

 

INTERMISSION 

 

ACT III 

As the smugglers move through the mountains, Carmen becomes fed up with her lover’s possessive and controlling behaviour. Escamillo, who has followed them in search of Carmen, arrives. A fight ensues between Don José and Escamillo but is interrupted by Micaëla who has come to tell Don José that his mother is dying. Micaëla and Don José leave together.  

 

ACT IV 

On the day of the great bullfight, Carmen and Escamillo swear their love to each other. A haggard Don José appears at the arena and begs, then demands, Carmen to return to him, but she refuses. Don José, in despair, charges at Carmen, stabbing her. She dies as the crowd cheers the toreador in the corrida. 

  • Sung in French with English SURTITLESTM


    CAST AND CREATIVE TEAMS


    Conductor: Jacques Lacombe
    Director: Joel Ivany
    Lighting Designer: Jason Hand
    Original Set Designer: Michael Yeargan
    Original Costume Designer: François St. Aubin
    Price Family Chorus Master: Sandra Horst

    Carmen: J'Nai Bridges/Rihab Chaieb
    Don José: Marcelo Puente
    Micaëla: Joyce El-Khoury/Anna-Sophie Neher
    Escamillo: Lucas Meachem
    Zuniga: Alain Coulombe
    Le Remendado: Jean-Philippe Lazure

    With the COC Orchestra and Chorus

    A Canadian Opera Company production

  • SYNOPSIS IN A MINUTE

    Carmen is a seductive, freedom-loving woman, desired by many. She takes Don José, a young soldier, as her latest lover, who defects from the army to join her in her smuggling life. But when she spurns him for the dashing toreador Escamillo, Don José cannot accept her rejection…to fatal consequences.  

     

    FULL SYNOPSIS

     

    ACT I 

    Micaëla, a young peasant girl, is searching for her beloved, the soldier Don José. During the changing of the guard, a group of women take a break from their work at a cigar factory. One of them, Carmen, has many admirers but she tries to attract the attention of Don José who remains indifferent to her, despite the flower she has tossed at him. A short time later, the beautiful Carmen is arrested following a fracas with another factory worker, and Don José is assigned to arrest her. Falling under her spell, the corporal allows her to escape, landing him in jail for two months.  

     

    ACT II  

    Carmen and her friends gather at a tavern, when a passing parade celebrates the victorious bullfighter, Escamillo. Zuniga, Don José’s lieutenant who is in love with Carmen too, tells Carmen that Don José has been released from jail.  Don José soon arrives at the tavern and Carmen demands that he give up his commission and follow her into the mountains with the smugglers. Meanwhile, Zuniga has caught up with Don José and tries to convince the corporal to come home with him. Don José, torn between duty and desire and jealous of Zuniga’s affection for Carmen, picks a fight with Zuniga. In the end, he has no choice but to desert his company and flee into the mountains with Carmen and the band of smugglers.  

     

    INTERMISSION 

     

    ACT III 

    As the smugglers move through the mountains, Carmen becomes fed up with her lover’s possessive and controlling behaviour. Escamillo, who has followed them in search of Carmen, arrives. A fight ensues between Don José and Escamillo but is interrupted by Micaëla who has come to tell Don José that his mother is dying. Micaëla and Don José leave together.  

     

    ACT IV 

    On the day of the great bullfight, Carmen and Escamillo swear their love to each other. A haggard Don José appears at the arena and begs, then demands, Carmen to return to him, but she refuses. Don José, in despair, charges at Carmen, stabbing her. She dies as the crowd cheers the toreador in the corrida. 


2022 season creative: BT/A

Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts capacity: 2,070
Ticket prices do not include service fees, $9 CAD

Carmen

Georges Bizet
To

OCTOBER 14, 16, 20, 22, 26, 28, 30, AND NOVEMBER 4, 2022


Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts

Performance time is approximately three hours and 20 minutes, including one 25-minute intermission


Subscribe now and save as part of a 2022/23 Subscription!

The fiercely independent Carmen becomes ensnared in a high-stakes game among garrison soldiers, smugglers, and a superstar bullfighter in Bizet’s blockbuster opera.

Our classic production transports audiences to a sun-drenched setting of bustling street scenes and outlaw hideaways, with a dramatic climax that crackles with electricity. American mezzo soprano star J’Nai Bridges—dubbed “the Beyonce of opera” by BET—makes her COC debut in the iconic titular role.

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