Janet Quinney Lawson Capitol Theatre
50 West 200 South
Salt Lake City, UT. 84101
Adapted from Georges Bizet’s opera by Marius Constant, Jean-Claude Carrière, and Peter Brook
Ari Pelto, conductor
Omer Ben Seadia, director
Tláloc López-Watermann, lighting/video designer
Kirstin Chávez, Carmen
Isaac Hurtado, Don José
Efraín Solís, Escamillo
Julia Gershkoff, Micaëla
Brandon Bell, Zuniga/Garcia
Daniel O’Hearn, Lillas Pastia
Edith Grossman, Fate
Sung in French with English supertitles.
Runtime: Approximately 90 minutes with no intermission
Peter Brook’s 1981 La tragédie de Carmen (The Tragedy of Carmen) is more than a shorter, recut version of Bizet’s Carmen. While it pares the cast down to four singers, accompanied by a chamber orchestra, and is filled with musical passages from Bizet’s famous opera, La Tragédie is a nearly complete reworking of the story focused on the intense interactions and tragedy of the four central characters.
· Larry Lash of Opera News dubbed Kirstin Chávez “the Carmen of a lifetime,” praising her “dark, generous mezzo, earthy eroticism, volcanic spontaneity and smoldering charisma.”
· Utah tenor Isaac Hurtado makes his Utah Opera debut in the role of Don José, an officer who has his eyes naïvely set on Carmen.
· The San Francisco Chronicle praised the “theatrical charisma and musical bravado” of baritone Efraín Solís, who plays Escamillo, Don José’s competition for Carmen’s affection.
· Utah Opera Resident Artist Julia Gershkoff plays Micaëla, Don José’s childhood sweetheart.
The young officer Don José gets in over his head when he catches the eye of the beguiling Carmen. After aiding her escape from the law, Don José is jailed, demoted, and kills his superior Zuniga before running off with Carmen. Meanwhile, Don José’s childhood sweetheart Micaëla searches for him as he confronts the other men in Carmen’s life: Escamillo and her husband, Garcia.
Due to Salt Lake County’s current capacity restrictions, the performances are currently sold out to subscribers, who will be contacted by USUO Patron Services for information about seating and attendance preferences.
Late Seating Policy:
Late seating will be at an appropriate break in the performance, to be determined at a later date, or at intermission. More information on our late and re-entry policies is available at utahopera.org.
General Age Guideline:
Individuals ages five and older are welcome at this performance. Parents should ensure their children are able to sit quietly through the performance without disturbing others around them. No babes in arms will be admitted.
Artists and programs are subject to change. No refunds