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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



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



(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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During the Spanish Civil War, 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.



stage director

set designer

costume designer

lighting designer

projection designer

properties designer

make-up designer

sound designer

chorus master

flamenco choreographer

fight coach


(in order of appearance)

Morales, a Corporal of Dragoons

Micaela, a country girl, in love with José,

Don José, a Corporal of Dragoons

Carmen, a Gypsy woman

Zuñiga, a Lieutenant of Dragoons

Frasquita, a friend of Carmen's

Mercedes, a friend of Carmen's

Escamillo, a bullfighter

Dancaïro, a Gypsy partisan

Remendado, a Gypsy partisan



Hiroki Amada, Mark Baushke, James Beattie, Joanne Bogart, Geordie Burdick, Yvonne Casillas, JoAnn Close, Will Corvino, Sophia Gever, Inna Gitman, Erika Goeriz*, Michael Good,Terry Hayes, Michelle Holt*, Malaina Kapoor*, John Paul Kilecdi-Li*, Jeffrey Lampert, Rachel Law, Nina McBride, Joanne Newman, Maria Polyakova, Philip Schwarz, David Simon, Michelle Skylar, Miles Spielberg, Jennisara Sumiri, Christian Voitenleitner, Kumiko Yoshinari*


Zuñiga's female interest at the bullring - Maria Polyakova

Binocular-seller at the bullring - David Simon




May 25 and June 3:  Simon Braun, Ryan Cheung,

Carter May, Adrian Panezic, Paul Sapilewski, Declan Twomey


May 27 and June 2: Simon Braun, Sam Dickey, Keaton Farrell, Matteo Navarro, Declan Twowmey, Adrian Vahamaki

Kent Jue - Boys Chorus Master, Associate Artistic Director  Ragazzi

Thomas Wade, Boys Vocal Coach - Ragazzi

Joyce Keil  Artistic Director - Ragazzi




* First appearance with West Bay Opera


Violin 1

Violin 2







Oboe/English Horn









Personnel Manager


Kristina Anderson

Josepha Fath, Virginia Smedberg, Andrew Lan

Rebecca McCormick, Frida Pukhachevski,

Judy Kmetko

Rachel McGuire, Daria D'Andrea

Lucinda Lenicheck, Thomas Shoebotham,

Joseph Woodward

Chrsity Crews

Michelle Caimotto, Vivian Boudreaux-Mikasa

Dane Carlson/Meave Cox

Art Austin, Sue Macy

Jamael Smith

Cathleen Torres, Diane Ryan

Richard Leder, Steven Anderson

Craig Whitwell

Don Baker

Norm Peck

Randall Pratt

Christie Crews

Virgina Smedberg

Orchestral reduction:  Jun Nakabayashi


Daniel Cardenas*, John Castillo*, Stephanie Castor, Franklin Harris

Photo Gallery

Photos: Otak Jump

  • returns to West Bay Opera as Stage Director for Carmen. He has previously directed La traviata and Tosca for the company. He currently serves as the Associate Director of the Orfeo Foundation, based in Amsterdam, which promotes the careers of young opera artists through career counseling, advanced training, and audition opportunities. He is also Director of Heroes’ Voices, a service organization that brings the healing power of music to veterans. Rick is also a professor of voice at the City College of San Francisco. Previously, he was the Director of the Juilliard Opera Center, the Director of the San Francisco Opera Center, Artistic Advisor and Head of Faculty for the Training Program of the New National Theatre in Tokyo, Artistic Consultant and Principal Stage Director for the Bangkok Opera, Director of the Opera Program for the San Francisco Conservatory and faculty for the Opera Studio of the Netherlands. He has been stage director for more than 60 productions for companies including the Bangkok Opera, Hawaii Opera Theatre, Hawaii Performing Arts Festival, the Juilliard School, Opera Company of North Carolina, Opera Festival di Roma, Opera San Jose, Sacramento Opera, West Bay Opera, San Francisco Conservatory, the San Francisco Opera Center and Merola Opera Program. A frequent judge for vocal competitions, he annually adjudicates for the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions. He has been a voice teacher, and guest Master Class instructor at universities and training programs including Yale, Indiana University, Polish National Opera Studio, Chautauqua Institution, Hawaii Opera Theatre, Opera Works, Loyola University, Mannes School of Music, and the University of Florida. Mr. Harrell performed as a soloist with such companies as the Washington Opera, Baltimore Opera, Fort Worth Opera, Skylight Opera Theatre, Lincoln Center Theatre Company, Opera Omaha, New Jersey Symphony, Wheeling Symphony, Richmond Symphony and National Symphony. He recordings include the role of Bernardo on the album of West Side Story conducted by Leonard Bernstein.



  • is the set designer and projections co-designer for Carmen. He saw his first opera at the age of ten, but had to wait until 1990 before he was allowed to design and paint one. His previous designs for West Bay Opera include Fidelio, Salome, Il trittico, Yevgeny Onegin, Faust, L’elisir d’amore, Otello, Aida, Turandot, Manon Lescaut, The Threepenny Opera, Don Giovanni, La traviata, The Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny, Suor Angelica, Gianni Schicchi, Lucia di Lammermoor, and Pagliacci. Mr. Crompton has designed for Festival Opera, Opera San José, Diablo Light Opera Company, Lamplighters, Bay Area Revels, Marin Theatre Company, Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival,  Birmingham Opera, Summer Repertory Theatre in Santa Rosa, Western Ballet, NVC, Santa Barbara Grand Opera, Berkeley Opera, and West Bay Opera, among others. He has won San Francisco Bay Area Critic’s Choice, Shellies, and Goodman Choice awards. Recent productions include Carmen for the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and Mary Poppins for Santa Rosa Junior College. Mr. Crompton resides in Santa Rosa, where he teaches set design at Santa Rosa Junior College and Sonoma State University, and tends an increasingly bizarre sculpture garden with his wife Robyn. The garden is open every October for ARTrails. His sculpture can be seen at Hammerfriar Gallery in Healdsburg.




  • Abra Berman

    Abra Berman

    is the costume designer for Carmen.  She has been designing costumes for over twenty-five years. She was designer for West Bay Opera's productions of Dido and Aeneas, La vida breve, Samson et Dalila, Aida, Les contes d'Hoffmann, Die Zauberflöte, Faust, Rigoletto, Le nozze di Figaro, Salome and Norma. Other collaborations includes SF Playhouse, Marin Shakespeare Company, Company C Contemporary Ballet, Alonzo King Lines Ballet, Berkeley Playhouse, Berkeley Opera, Brava Theatre, Pocket Opera, Lamplighters Theatre, Marin Theatre Company, Alameda Civic Light Opera, Palo Alto Players, The De Young Museum, The Museum of Performance and Design, Hillbarn Theatre, Arclight Theatre, Contra Costa Musical Theatre, Ballet Califia, Cinnabar Theatre, and Sonoma County Repertory Theatre, among others.  Abra has an MFA from UCLA in theatrical costume design.

  • Steve Mannshardt

    is the Lighting Designer for Carmen.  He has designed the lighting for West Bay Opera’s productions of Fidelio, Salome, Die Zauberflöte, Otello, Il barbiere di Siviglia, La bohème, The Consul, and Carmen. He is currently the resident lighting designer and operations manager for TheatreWorks, where he has designed over seventy-five productions and won numerous awards for his work. His regional design credits include the Long Wharf Theatre in New Haven, ACT Theatre in Seattle, American Repertory Theater in Cambridge, the Studio Arena Theatre in Buffalo, the Magic Theater in San Francisco, the Pasadena Playhouse, the Weston Playhouse, The Vancouver Playhouse, the Centaur Theatre in Montreal, the du Maurier Theater in Toronto, and the Olympia Theatre in Dublin, Ireland. Mr. Mannshardt taught lighting design at Santa Rosa Junior College for fourteen years and currently runs an adventure travel company specializing in the exploration of India.


  • is Projection Designer for Carmen. He made his debut with West Bay Opera as Projection Designer for Les contes d’Hoffmann, and since then has designed projections for  Tosca, L’elixir d'amore, Die Zauberflöte, Il trovatore, Die Entführung aus dem Serail, Faust, Rigoletto, Yevgeny Onegin, Madama Butterfly, Le nozze di Figaro, Il trittico, Salome, Norma and Fidelio. Frederic's design work is at the intersection of art and technology, and he loves pushing the boundaries of what can be done on stage using new technology.  His upcoming engagements as Projection Designer include A Golden Celebration of Dance at the Chicago Auditorium; a new production of Alice in Wonderland with Mark Foehringer Dance Project|SF in San Francisco and the Youth America Grand Prix at the David Koch Theatre in New York City.  A native of France, he is a member of United Scenic Artists and holds both a Masters of Arts in Theatre Design & Production and an Executive MBA. Frédéric is of the Owner and Founder of Oaktown Productions and the Managing Director for Rooster Productions. None of this would be possible without the love and support of his amazing wife Magda and his two young boys Étienne & Théodore.


  • is Sound Designer for Carmen.  Giselle grew up in Mountain View and earned a BA in Technical Theatre from Cal State Long Beach.  Following a string of SoCal gigs at various convention centers, theatres, and clubs on the Sunset Strip, Giselle returned to the SF Bay.  After doing work with Western Ballet she spent time at West Bay Opera under the mentorship of Tod Nixon and JF Revon and went on to secure a position at Beach Blanket Babylon. She stepped in as Sound Designer last season and has designed West Bay Opera's productions of Le nozze di Figaro, Il trittico, Salome, Norma and Fidelio.



  • is Makeup and Wig Designer for Carmen.  She made her debut as makeup and wig designer with the company in Madama Butterfly, and has since designed Yevgeny Onegin, Le nozze di Figaro, Il trittico, Salome, Norma and Fidelio. She has also designed recently for Festival Opera. Ms. Cross is an accomplished actress, dancer, singer, choreographer, director and teacher. Her professional performing arts career spans over three decades and includes film, video, commercials, stage, dance, voice, and magic. She designs costumes, make up, and hair for stage, film and opera. She recently directed, designed and choreographed Zombeo and Juliet, The Musical, which was produced at Burlingame High School. She has successfully blended her performance experience with a 30-year career in teaching drama, dance, movement and art at Odyssey Middle School.


  • is Properties Designer for Carmen. Both she and her props were last seen in Lyrics production of Trial by Jury in June, 2017.  She will also be working on Oklahoma with Lyric theatre this fall.  Other credits with West Bay Opera include Fidelio, Norma, Salome, Il trittico, Le nozze di Figaro, Madama Butterfly, Yevgeny Onegin, Rigoletto, Faust, Il trovatore, Die Zauberflöte, L’elisir d’amore, Tosca, Otello, Lucia di Lammermoor, Les contes d'Hoffmann, Aida, Don Giovanni, Samson et Dalila, Dido and Aeneas, La Vida Breve and Turandot. She has sung in the chorus with Mission City Opera, where she has also been properties manager for seven shows, including The Marriage of Figaro in 2009 and La bohème in 2010. She designed properties for many of Lyric Theatre of San Jose’s productions, including Camelot, Carousel, Kismet, Brigadoon, a Bollywood-style Sorcerer, and The Grand Duke. She also designed Utopia Limited for Lyric Theatre. Ms. Benson has been singing and designing and building props for various community theaters and Bahá'í choirs since the age of 12.



  • flamenco dancer and choreographer, makes her WBO debut creating choreography for the tavern scene in Carmen. Ms. DeMars has performed internationally at venues including the Royal Festival Hall of London, the Tivoli Theater in Barcelona, the Qatar International Arts Festival and the Teatro Calderón of Madrid. She has presented major works both in the US and abroad. Her latest work 5xLorca will premiere at the 2018 San Francisco International Arts Festival. Ms. DeMars trained intensively in Spain over eight years with some of Spain’s foremost flamenco artists. She has served on the Isadora Duncan Dance Awards Committee and has received two consecutive commissions (2016, 2018) for major works from the San Francisco Arts Commission. Ms. DeMars is the Artistic Director of the San Francisco Flamenco Dance Company (SFFDC). The SFFDC presents professional flamenco performances in the San Francisco Bay Area, hosts visiting artists from Spain and supports the development of local flamenco artists through workshops and performance opportunities.



  • is chorus master for Carmen. He holds the position of Chorusmaster for the Sacramento Philharmonic and Opera, Livermore Valley Opera and West Bay Opera, and regularly serves as Assistant Conductor with Livermore Valley Opera.  Upcoming engagements include serving as Assistant Conductor for the Sacramento Philharmonic and Opera’s production of Tosca, under acclaimed meastro Christoph Campestrini; and conducting a new production of Johan Strauss, Jr.’s “A Night in Venice” for Lyric Theatre of San Jose. Last season, he conducted a double bill of Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi and Gilbert & Sullivan’s Trial By Jury for the same company. Other highlights from recent seasons include having served as chorus director for Andrea Bocelli’s 2015 concert appearance in Sacramento, and conducting the world premiere of composer Lisa Scola Prosek’s chamber opera, The Lariat, in San Francisco. Mr. Olstad has conducted full productions for Opera San José, Open Opera and Opera Bravura, and has served as assistant conductor for West Edge Opera, West Bay Opera and Festival Opera. Mr. Olstad is a Teaching Artist for the San Francisco Opera Guild. He serves as Music Director of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Palo Alto, a position he has held since 2011. In addition, he maintains a busy, private vocal coaching studio. He is currently writing the libretto to a new opera based on Nathaniel Hawthorne’s The Scarlet Letter with his friend, composer Mark Carlson.Mr. Olstad is also the founder and artistic director of Bodhi Tree Concerts North (, a concert series dedicated to presenting high quality performances to the public and donating 100% of the profits to charity.  As a pianist, Mr. Olstad has partnered with such acclaimed artists as Marie Plette and Kelley O’Connor, and has played for the master classes of baritone Thomas Hampson and dramatic soprano Luana DeVol. Mr. Olstad holds a master’s degree in Keyboard Collaborative Arts from the University of Southern California and a bachelor's degree in Music from UCLA.




    Technical Director: David Gardner

    Arts Administrator: Christopher Cha

    Assistant Costume Shop Supervisor: Merna Black

    Orchestra Manager: Christy Crews

    Orchestra Librarian: Virginia Smedberg


    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


    House Manager Coordinator: Barbara Evangelista

    Volunteer Coordinator: Pat Markevitch

    Opera Preview Coordinator: Balbina Heitner

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


    Champagne Reception Coordinator: Andrea Smith


    Program Director: Michael Taylor

    Program Coordinator: Balbina Heitner




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