Bizet: Carmen
(Complete, Semi-staged)

Passion! No other word so accurately encapsulates Bizet's Carmen, a perennial operatic favorite of audiences and musicians alike. One World Symphony -- with a full orchestra and a cast of world-class vocalists -- will bring this tumultuous work to life in two exciting upcoming performances, presented in a modern semi-staged adaptation by Rod Gomez.

First performed in 1874, the opera shocked audiences and enraged critics with its realism (the first act is set in a cigarette factory), the questionable morality of its title character, and a brutal on-stage murder. Carmen's raw emotion, strength, Gypsy exoticism, and outcast status were simultaneously reviled and admired in nineteenth-century European society. The opera retains its power today, transmitted through timeless melodies and universal themes of love and betrayal.

Artistic Director and Conductor: Sung Jin Hong
Stage Director and Original Adaptation: Rodrigo Gomez
Choreographer: Katie S. De Vries
Associate Conductor: Nathan Fifield
Assistant Conductor: Michael Spassov
Assistant Stage Director: Lawrence Rush
Collaborative Pianists: Jihwan Kim, Jae-Hyuck Cho
Graphic Designer: Adrienne Metzinger
French Diction Coach: Susan Stout
Liaison: Ann Marie Salmon

Friday, March 18 at St. Ann and the Holy Trinity
Carmen: Elena McEntire
Don Jose: Joseph DiSalle
Micaela: Jayoung Yoon
Escamillo: Jack White
Frasquita: Amberleigh Aller
Mercedes: Lisa Chavez
Remendado: Jonathan Pilkington
Dancairo: Trent Schwartz
Morales: Yeonki Yu
Zuniga: Claudio Mascarenhas

Saturday, March 19 at St. Luke's Lutheran Church
Carmen: Natalie Havemeyer
Don Jose: Tony Kim
Micaela: Melanie Galloway
Escamillo: Douglas Jabara
Frasquita: Laura Farmer
Mercedes: AnnMarie Sandy
Remendado: Phillip Bakis
Dancairo: Matthew Hume
Morales: Gregory Bruce
Zuniga: Waundell Saavedra

Erinna Bowman, Allegra Brooke, Kylie Colan, Cheron Cowan, Emilie D'Andrilli, Joanna Dionis, Megan Gillespie, Leslie Goldman*, Adrienne Metzinger, Andrea Pinyan, Lori Santaniello*, Carlos Castañeda, Emanuel Chumaveirs, Seth Gilman*, Ed Rodriguez, Mark Shahon


Rachel Borgman, Wendy Chu, Jeanette Fisher

Friday, March 18, 2005
St. Ann and the Holy Trinity
Brooklyn Heights

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St. Luke's Lutheran Church

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