Georges Bizet's Carmen at the Houston Grand Opera
 

The femme fatale is ubiquitous in literature, from the biblical Delilah to Shakespeare's Cleopatra to the smoky, dangerous beauties of the film noir era. But none embody this character like the Gypsy Carmen, a sexual bird of prey whose charms lead Don José into a fatalistic chain of events, uncontrollable passion, jealousy, and bloodshed.

This new production of Georges Bizet's Carmen by the Houston Grand Opera is directed by award winning choreographer Rob Ashford, winner of Tony, Emmy, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle awards. The role of Carmen is performed by Grammy Award-winning Puerto Rican soprano Ana María Martínez, the recipient of the Houston Grand Opera’s inaugural Lynn Wyatt Great Artist Award. Carmen’s lover, Don José is performed by Richard Tucker Award-winner Brandon Jovanovich. Escamillo, who comes disturb this duo, is performed by bass-baritone Ryan McKinny, fresh from his success in the title role of HGO’s Rigoletto in which his “deep, resonant tones and bursts of power made Rigoletto’s inner darkness hit home without theatrical gimmicks” (Houston Chronicle). To conduct the talented orchestra of the Houston Grand Opera, Rory Macdonald will be returning to the podium where he last conducted the The Rape of Lucretia in 2012.

PERFORMANCES

April 25, 2014 I 7:30 PM
April 27, 2014 I 2:00 PM
April 30, 2014 I 7:30 PM
May 2, 2014 I 7:30 PM
May 4, 2014 I 2:00 PM
May 8, 2014 I 7:30 PM
May 10, 2014 I 7:30 PM
 

CAST

Carmen: Ana María Martínez
Don José: Brandon Jovanovich
Escamillo: Ryan McKinny
Micaela: Natalya Romaniw
Conductor: Rory Macdonald
Director/Choreographer: Rob Ashford
 
 
Photo By Lynn Lane
 

"[Ana María Martínez] brought off both of her arias to stunning effect and received properly thunderous ovations." - Chicago Tribune

"A revelation ... [Brandon Jovanovich sang with] perfect diction, healthy singing, elegant, and with the stamp of a true tenor, always covered high notes." - Corriere Della Sera (Milan)

"With flashy self-assurance in his entrance and bass-baritonal penetrating power, McKinny offered the ideal portrayal of the Toreador." - Klassik Radio (Frankfurt am Main, Germany)

Sung in French with projected English translation
A co-production with San Francisco Opera and Lyric Opera of Chicago 
 
To buy your tickets visit the Houston Grand Opera website
Brown Theater, Wortham Theater Center 510 Preston St, Houston, TX 77002

Houston Grand Opera performs Carmen

When
April 25 - May 10, 2014
Where
Brown Theater, Wortham Theater Center
510 Preston St,
Houston, TX 77002

Georges Bizet's Carmen at the Houston Grand Opera
 

The femme fatale is ubiquitous in literature, from the biblical Delilah to Shakespeare's Cleopatra to the smoky, dangerous beauties of the film noir era. But none embody this character like the Gypsy Carmen, a sexual bird of prey whose charms lead Don José into a fatalistic chain of events, uncontrollable passion, jealousy, and bloodshed.

This new production of Georges Bizet's Carmen by the Houston Grand Opera is directed by award winning choreographer Rob Ashford, winner of Tony, Emmy, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle awards. The role of Carmen is performed by Grammy Award-winning Puerto Rican soprano Ana María Martínez, the recipient of the Houston Grand Opera’s inaugural Lynn Wyatt Great Artist Award. Carmen’s lover, Don José is performed by Richard Tucker Award-winner Brandon Jovanovich. Escamillo, who comes disturb this duo, is performed by bass-baritone Ryan McKinny, fresh from his success in the title role of HGO’s Rigoletto in which his “deep, resonant tones and bursts of power made Rigoletto’s inner darkness hit home without theatrical gimmicks” (Houston Chronicle). To conduct the talented orchestra of the Houston Grand Opera, Rory Macdonald will be returning to the podium where he last conducted the The Rape of Lucretia in 2012.

PERFORMANCES

April 25, 2014 I 7:30 PM
April 27, 2014 I 2:00 PM
April 30, 2014 I 7:30 PM
May 2, 2014 I 7:30 PM
May 4, 2014 I 2:00 PM
May 8, 2014 I 7:30 PM
May 10, 2014 I 7:30 PM
 

CAST

Carmen: Ana María Martínez
Don José: Brandon Jovanovich
Escamillo: Ryan McKinny
Micaela: Natalya Romaniw
Conductor: Rory Macdonald
Director/Choreographer: Rob Ashford
 
 
Photo By Lynn Lane
 

"[Ana María Martínez] brought off both of her arias to stunning effect and received properly thunderous ovations." - Chicago Tribune

"A revelation ... [Brandon Jovanovich sang with] perfect diction, healthy singing, elegant, and with the stamp of a true tenor, always covered high notes." - Corriere Della Sera (Milan)

"With flashy self-assurance in his entrance and bass-baritonal penetrating power, McKinny offered the ideal portrayal of the Toreador." - Klassik Radio (Frankfurt am Main, Germany)

Sung in French with projected English translation
A co-production with San Francisco Opera and Lyric Opera of Chicago 
 
To buy your tickets visit the Houston Grand Opera website
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