Bizet’s Carmen brings Drama and Passion to the Keith Albee Performing Arts Center

Updated 4 years ago by Angela Jones, Marshall Artists Series
Bizet’s Carmen will make its way to the Keith Albee Performing Arts Center on Thursday, February 20, 2014 @ 7:30 pm.  Incredibly dramatic, and sometimes irrational, Carmen is the essence of opera.  Georges Bizet’s well known master piece is an operatic tour-de-force that can’t be missed.

And for those who are interested in learning more about this masterpiece, there will be a pre-show opera chat beginning at 6:00 pm inside the Keith Albee Performing Arts Center.  This chat is free for those with a Carmen show ticket in hand.  Arrive early, and join Marshall University music professor Dr. Larry Stickler and Teatro Lirico D’Europa’s Artistic Director, Giorgio Lalov, as they provide insight into the passionate story of Carmen.

Carmen, the heroine of Georges Bizet’s masterpiece, is a gypsy woman that has been captivating hearts for nearly 250 years.  Both dangerous and beautiful, this gypsy girl draws Escamillo and Don José to her flame.  However, this femme fatale is unpredictable, much like fate and love itself.  The audience will find Carmen vivacious, as she stomps, dances, and moves.  Many cheer for this woman from the other side of the fence, as her allure knows no bound. 

The story of Carmen is well-known through the opera genre and commands attention. It takes place in mid-19th century Seville. Don José, who is training for priesthood in Basque country, murdered a man in a quarrel and has since enlisted in the Seville Army. His mother and Micaela, a woman who loves him and hopes to marry him, have followed him to the south. Micaela is in love with this soldier and expects to marry him. José loves her too, but at the same time is dazzled by the more passionate charms of the Gypsy, Carmen. He goes to jail because he helps Carmen escape a fight she started. Meanwhile, Carmen has fallen in love with a bullfighter, Escamillo.

For those looking for one of opera’s most notarized plays that will tug the strings of the heart, Carmen is a sure bet.  Supported by a full orchestra, this opera will fill the air with surprises and drama.  Priorities are always kept in order with Carmen, as this play will melt hearts and stir the soul.

To capture the magnificence of Bizet’s Carmen, many media outlets have spoken about the opera as it tours the US.  Richard Dyer of The Boston Globe exclaims: “Last night’s performance of CARMEN really cooked.  Credit goes to the excellent Bulgarian ensemble of chorus and orchestra and two Americans in the starring roles.  Kristin Chavez has sung the role at the New York City Opera.  She’s physically and vocally limber, and revels in her femme-fatale look.  She has a bright lyric mezzo with a strong top and sings with many a teasing, personal, and humorous inflection.  She can play the castanets, and she acts up a storm, while always keeping her place in the ensemble effort.”

Bizet’s Carmen is sponsored by Community Trust Bank, KEE 100, WVHU, WSAZ, The Herald-Dispatch, Marshall University, and the Marshall Artists Series.  Tickets for Bizet’s Carmen are $65.06/45.80/29.75.  To secure your ticket to this dramatic opera, be sure to contact the Marshall Artists Series Box Office at 304-696-6656.  Or order tickets online at  You may also visit our box office located in the Joan C. Edwards Playhouse on the Marshall University campus.  Box office hours are Monday through Friday 12 p.m.-5 p.m.

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