Friday, May 2, 2014

The Ellie Caulkins Opera House 
MAY 3/6/9/11
Sandra Piques Eddy is Carmen

     Georges Bizet’s “Carmen” is one of the most beloved operas in the repertoire. It features a central character that is sexy, passionate, complex and well, just plain unforgettable.
     Sandra Piques Eddy’s portrayal of this fiery vixen is all this and more. This artist has a mezzo-soprano to die for and she clearly enjoys the flirtatious aspect of this character as well.  
     The highly acclaimed Ms. Piques Eddy is a singer who has performed upon the stage of the Metropolitan Opera as well as such regional halls as Boston Lyric Opera, Portland Opera and Opera Coeur d’Alene. Her acting is full of a seductive flair that will captivate the operagoer just as easily as it entices her Don Jose and Escamillo.

            Janai Brugger as Micaela

      Soprano Janai Brugger’s performance in the role of Micaela is thoroughly well acted and lusciously sung.

      Tenor Adam Klein’s singing and acting of Don Jose is powerful!  Excellent throughout, Klein is especially riveting in the climactic scene.

              Adam Klein as Don Jose

     Bass-baritone Ryan Kuster portrays the handsome, young bullfighter Escamillo delivering the “Toreador Song” with a lustrous brio that’s thrilling!
Ryan Kuster as Escamillo  

     This production features an oval playing space behind which Robert Wood conducts a magnificent orchestra playing Bizet’s rousing and tuneful score. The chorus is placed just behind and slightly above the orchestra.
    It is to be hoped that everyone who loves opera will get to experience Opera Colorado’s “Carmen.”
     Once the glorious composition that Bizet created gets into your head it will never leave you. This may be the only opera in the repertoire where you go in humming the tunes!

Opera Colorado’s production of Georges Bizet’s “Carmen” is playing May 3/6/9 and 11 at:
The Ellie Caulkins Opera House, 1101 13th Street, Denver Colorado
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