Georges Bizet’s Carmen

Summer 2021


Festival Opera is proud to present one of the most beloved operas of all time, George Bizet’s CARMEN.

Fueled by reckless passion, and insatiable desire, Seville’s hottest woman has one creed: to live, and die free. The fire is lit when she meets Don José, an army corporal promised to Micaëla. Escamillo enters the scene and is quickly smitten by Carmen’s charm. She shifts her affection to the bullfighter, which makes the fire in Don José burn more fiercely – he will stop at nothing to win her back. With her gypsy friends reading the tarot Carmen keeps drawing the Death card, she knows she can not cheat fate, but resolves to defy it anyway. 

Join us for a stunning production of this timeless tale of love, obsession, fate, and the ultimate femme fatale.

Cast & Artistic Team
Carmen: Renée Rapier
Don José: Dane Suarez
Micaëla: Marnie Breckenridge
Escamillo: Zachary Gordin
Zuniga: Christopher Filipowicz
Frasquita: Lila Khazoum
Mercédès: Danielle Marcele Bond
Remendado: Michael Foreman
Moralès/Dancaïro: Brian James Myer

Directed by Mark Foehringer
Conducted by Bryan Nies

With the Festival Opera Orchestra and Chorus
     and
Piedmont Children’s Choir