“Carmen” by Georges Bizet shocked audiences at its premiere in Paris in 1875 yet has become one of the most popular operas today. Set in Spain, it tells the story of Don Jose, a young soldier who is seduced by the beautiful gypsy Carmen. Two of its arias, “Habanera” and “Toreador Song,” can be recognized by even non-opera buffs. In their Kentucky Opera debuts, Carmen will be performed by Elise Quagliata and Dominic Armstrong as Don Jose.
—Jo Anne Triplett
FRIDAY, SEPT. 20, 22The Brown Theatre
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