José Luis Moscovich
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
Lucie Stern Theatre
1305 Middlefield Road
Palo Alto, California
(highlights of the opera) with piano
Thursday, May 17, 2018 - 8:00 p.m
Palo Alto Art Center
1313 Newell Rd.
Palo Alto, California 94303
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.
Carmen, a Gypsy woman
Don José, a n army officer
Escamillo, a bullfighter
Micaela, Don Jose's girlfriend,
Orchestral reduction: West Bay Opera
makes his West Bay Opera debut singing Don Jose in Carmen.
sings the role of Escamillo in Carmen
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
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
OPERA IN THE SCHOOLS PROGRAM (OITS)
Program Director: Michael Taylor
Program Coordinator: Balbina Heitner