Sunday, March 1st | 4:00 pm
Ping & Woof Opera Company
In 1981, stage director Peter Brook, in collaboration with writer Jean-Claude Carrière and composer Marius Constant, stunned the opera world by presenting, in an arena-like theater in Paris, a revision of Bizet’s Carmen that ran just ninety minutes. Its title, La Tragédie de Carmen, said it all.
Brook eliminated many characters — and all choruses of soldiers, children and factory workers — in order to concentrate the action on the four main characters. All the major arias were maintained and dramatically rearranged. The opera opened the year after in New York City and has been revived many times since then all over the operatic world.
Carmen - Hannah Penn, mezzo-soprano
Don Jose - Brennen Guillory, tenor
Escamillo - Zachary Lenox, baritone
Micaëla - Jocelyn Claire Thomas, soprano
Pianist - Kira Whiting