José Luis Moscovich

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Carmen

by Georges Bizet

Libretto by Henri Meilhac and Ludovic Halévy

based on the homonymous novella by Prosper Mérimée

 

 

Sung in French with English titles

 

World Premiere: March 3, 1875 - Opéra Comique, Paris

West Bay Opera Premiere:  February 16, 1962

 

PERFORMANCES

Friday, May 25, 2018 - 8:00 p.m

Sunday, May 27, 2018 - 2:00 p.m

Saturday, June 2, 2018 - 8:00 p.m

Sunday, June 3, 2018 - 2:00 p.m

 

at the

Lucie Stern Theatre

1305 Middlefield Road

Palo Alto, California

 

FREE PREVIEW

(highlights of the opera) with piano

Thursday,  May 17, 2018 - 8:00 p.m

 

at the

 

Palo Alto Art Center

1313 Newell Rd.

Palo Alto, California 94303

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In 1830’s Seville, Carmen, a Gypsy woman working in a cigarette factory is arrested for fighting with a co-worker. Don Jose, the army officer who arrests her, soon falls under her irresistible spell and winds up deserting, in order to follow her, and joining a band of smugglers in the mountains. But Carmen is a free soul, and she tires of him and takes up with another lover, despite Don Jose’s pleading and threats. To her, freedom is paramount. Eventually, she pays for it with her life.

ARTISTIC DIRECTION

conductor

stage director

set designer

costume designer

lighting designer

projection designer

properties designer

make-up designer

sound designer

CAST

Carmen, a Gypsy woman

Don José, a n army officer

Escamillo, a bullfighter

Micaela, Don Jose's girlfriend,

Zuñiga,

Morales

Dancaïro

Mercedes

Frasquita

El remendado

CHORUS

ORCHESTRA

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SUPERNUMERARIES

Kaiyuan Ding, Darius Matulich

 

Concertmaster

Violin 1

Violin 2

 

Viola

Cello

Bass

Flute

Oboe

Clarinet

Bassoon

Horn

Trumpet

Trombone

Timpani

Percussion

Harp

Personnel Manager

Librarian

Kristina Anderson

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Christie Crews

Virgina Smedberg

Orchestral reduction:  West Bay Opera

Photo Gallery

  • makes his West Bay Opera debut singing Don Jose in Carmen.

  • sings the role of Escamillo in Carmen

     

     

  • María Fernanda Brea

    Maria Fernanda Brea, soprano

    returns to West Bay Opera to sing the role of Micaela in Carmen.

     

     

  • Kiril Havezov, baritone

    returns to West Bay Opera to sing Zuñiga en Carmen.

     

     

  • Ryan Bradford, baritone

    returns to West Bay Opera to sing Morales in Carmen.

     

     

  • Jackson Beaman, tenor

    returns to West Bay Opera to sing Dancaïro in Carmen.

     

     

  • Anna Yelizarova, mezzo soprano

    returns to West Bay Opera to sing Mercedes in Carmen.

     

     

  • Patricia Westley, soprano

    makes her debut at West Bay Opera singing Mercedes in Carmen.

     

     

  • Carmello Tringali, tenor

    returns to West Bay Opera to sing el Remendado in Carmen.

     

     

Photos: Otak Jump

  • WEST BAY OPERA STAFF

    Technical Director: David Gardner

    Arts Administrator: Christopher Cha

    Assistant Costume Shop Supervisor: Merna Black

    Orchestra Manager: Christy Crews

    Orchestra Librarian: Virginia Smedberg

    NORMA PRODUCTION STAFF

    Stage Manager: Fernanda Carvalho

    Assistant Stage Manager: Judy Bogart

    Rehearsal Pianists: Tamami Honma, Bruce Olstad, Jonathan Erman, Paul Dab

    Italian Supertitles Translation: José Luis Moscovich

    Italian Diction Coach: Leopoldina Viggiano

    Supertitles Operator: Bruce Olstad

    Master Electrician: Sean Kramer, Selina Young

    Lighting Board Operator: Deborah Bennet

    Scenic Projections Operator: Judy Bogart

    Properties Manager: Franklin Harris

    Crew Chief: Rudy Schroeter

    Wardrobe Supervisor: Cynthia Preciado

    Scenic Artist: Serina Serjama

    Set Construction: David Gardner, Charlie Miller, Jereme Masic

    Costume Design Assistant: Cynthia Preciado

    Costume Construction: Cindy Preciado, Carrie Banda

    Dressers: Karen Sanders, David Cox

    Photographer: Otak Jump

    Sound Board Operator: Skyler Vickroy

    Sound Technician: Kevin Scholl

    Pit Manager: Kevin Scholl

    Video Engineer: Samuel Arnold

    Lighting Crew: Jonathan Wright, Brian Hornor, Harriet K. Arguello-Bank, Keith Davis II, Henry Whittaker, Lee Richard, Fernanda Carvalho, Salina, Nick.

    Stage Crew: Grady Sanders, Karen Sanders, Franklin Harris, Joshua Cha

    Make-up Artists: Lisa Cross, Marisa Bonahoom, Amy Worden,

    Stephen Boisvert, Liz Curry

    Load-in volunteers: Mark Baushke, Stephen Boisvert

    FRONT-OF-HOUSE STAFF

    House Manager Coordinator: Barbara Evangelista

    Volunteer Coordinator: Pat Markevitch

    Opera Preview Coordinator: Balbina Heitner

    Champagne Masters: Melisa Orozco, Balbina Heitner, José Luis Bonilla, Susanna

    Zaraysky.

    Champagne Reception Coordinator: Andrea Smith

    OPERA IN THE SCHOOLS PROGRAM (OITS)

    Program Director: Michael Taylor

    Program Coordinator: Balbina Heitner

     

     

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