José Luis Moscovich

General Director

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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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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.

ARTISTIC DIRECTION

conductor

stage director

set designer

costume designer

lighting designer

projection designer

properties designer

make-up designer

sound designer

chorus master

flamenco choreographer

fight coach

CAST

(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

CHORUS

ORCHESTRA

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

 

RAGAZZI BOYS CHORUS

 

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

Concertmaster

Violin 1

Violin 2

 

Viola

Cello

 

Bass

Flute

Oboe/English Horn

Clarinet

Bassoon

Horn

Trumpet

Trombone

Timpani

Percussion

Harp

Personnel Manager

Librarian

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

SUPERNUMERARIES

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

Photo Gallery

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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