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Great Lakes Chamber Orchestra presents Highlights from Carmen —
The Great Lakes Chamber Orchestra and the Orchestra Chorus will present highlights from Bizet’s opera Carmen on Sunday June 12, 2016 at the John Hall Auditorium, Bay View, Michigan.
Featured along with the Orchestra Chorus will be four artists from the Bay View Music Festival including, Mezzo Soprano, Elise DesChamp will sing the role of Carmen with Tenor, Jeffrey Picon as Don Jose. Soprano, Risa Renae Harman will sing the part of Micaela, Don Jose’s abandoned girlfriend. Bass baritone, Brian Banion sings toreador, Escamillo who competes for Carmen’s love. These four artists have regularly sung at Bay View for years and are well-known and loved by the local community. Local artists soprano, Maureen Delaney-Lehman sings the role of Frasquita, and Mercedes is sung by mezzo soprano, Doretta Furstenberg.
Carmen, is an opera in four acts and was not well received when it was first performed in 1878. People expected a light comic plot, but instead witnessed a passionate love story with a tragic ending. It’s main characters shocked and scandalized audiences. It finally became a success, but Bizet never realized its popularity because he died suddenly after only 33 performances. Now Carmen is one of the most performed and popular operas in the classical canon.
Carmen is set in southern Spain. Don Jose is a soldier seduced by the fiery gypsy, Carmen. Jose leaves his sweetheart, Micaela, deserts the military for her, but still loses Carmen to toreador, Escamillo. Jose kills Carmen in a jealous rage.
The characters in Carmen are true-to-life with Don Jose, the humble corporal: Carmen, the enchantress: and Escamillo, the dashing bullfighter forming the love triangle. Don Jose is led in a gradual decline through obsession with Carmen. Bizet’s music moves the drama forward with brilliantly composed intermezzos and preludes that set the scenes and provide programmatic transitions. With Carmen, Bizet composed a genuine masterpiece with its melodic invention, orchestration, and harmonic resourcefulness.
Highlights from Carmen will be presented Sunday, June 12, 2016, at 7 p.m. at John Hall Auditorium, Bay View, Michigan. There will be a pre-concert talk with Music Director Libor Ondras at 6:15 p.m. General admission tickets are $25 and are available at area chambers of commerce and at the Great Lakes Chamber office (231) 487 0010. Tickets are also available online.
Reserved seating are $50 and are available online or at the orchestra office by calling 231 487 0010.