To the soldier Don José, she is hypnotic: “Never, never has any woman so deeply disturbed my soul. You are a devil.” To Micaëla, Don José’s sweetheart, she is the most potent of rivals: “She is beautiful, dangerous. Her snares have turned the man I loved into a disgrace.” To Escamillo, Don José’s rival, she is inspiration: “Tell me your name and the next time I kill a bull, yours will be the one I whisper.”


To audiences at her premiere she was “the very incarnation of vice,” outlined in music that was “dull and obscure.” To today’s audiences, she is seen as one of the strongest and most independent women ever to dominate the stage. Mezzo-sopranos who have successfully conquered the role are legendary. Sandra Piques Eddy is quickly becoming part of this elite group: “There have been many great Carmens through the years; Marilyn Horne, Agnes Baltsa, Tatiana Troyanos, to name a few. Sandra Piques Eddy deserves to be placed alongside those legends.” (Opera Online) “A sexy balance of physical elegance and visceral appetites.” (Kansas City Star) “A wonderful singing actress whose Carmen used her burgundy rich-low register as a powerful tool of seduction.” (Chicago Tribune).


Sung in French with English titles projected above the stage.
 

Cast  
MicaëlaJennifer Forni
CarmenSandra Piques Eddy
Don JoséBrian Jagde
Le RemendadoIan José Ramirez
EscamilloEric Greene
ZunigaJeffrey G. Beruan
Le DancaïreAlexander Elliott
MoralèsJosé Rubio
Lillias PastiaMatt Pavik
  
Stage DirectorEric Einhorn
ConductorGeorge Manahan
  

 

 


 

KEY CHARACTERS:


Carmen, a gypsy
Don José, a corporal in the military
Micaëla, a young woman in love with José
Escamillo, a bullfighter


ACT I:  A Square in Seville


Townspeople and soldiers relax in the sun. As the noon bell rings, girls from the cigarette factory come out to smoke. Carmen airs her philosophy of life—love is a wild bird that cannot be tamed—and tosses a flower to Don José as the work bell rings. Micaëla gives José news of his mother, who has sent him a kiss, which she shyly delivers. A disturbance is heard in the factory. Carmen has been involved in a fight and the girls run out, arguing over who started it. Lieutenant Zuniga orders José to arrest Carmen. Her wrists bound, she is left alone with him, singing to herself about “a certain officer” who has taken her fancy. José lets her escape in exchange for a promised rendezvous and is arrested for his negligence.


ACT II:  Lillas Pastia’s Tavern


Carmen regales the customers with a gypsy song. Escamillo arrives and is immediately attracted to Carmen.  The smugglers Le Dancaïre and Le Remendado try to convince Carmen and her gypsy companions Frasquita and Mercédès to join their next excursion, but Carmen refuses, saying she is in love with José and is awaiting his release from prison. The others depart laughing as José arrives. Carmen sings and dances for him, but when a bugle sounds, he says he must return to the barracks. Carmen mocks him, claiming he doesn’t love her, but he protests, showing her that he has kept the flower she threw at him. Zuniga appears and José attacks him. Now an outlaw, he has no choice but to join Carmen and her compatriots.


ACT III:  The Smugglers’ Hideout


The smugglers celebrate their successful commerce, but José is unhappy. Carmen tells their fortunes in the cards, but foresees only death for herself. The smugglers depart, leaving José as a lookout, and Micaëla enters, frightened but determined to find him. She hides when José fires a warning shot at Escamillo, who has come looking for Carmen. The two men start to fight, but are separated by the smuggler. Escamillo invites them all to his next bullfight and departs. El Remendado discovers Micaëla, who begs José to return home to his ailing mother. Carmen dismisses him willingly, but José, convinced she now loves Escamillo, vows to return.


ACT IV:   Outside the Bullring


The crowd gathers for the bullfight, hailing Escamillo. He and Carmen declare their love and he enters the arena. José begs Carmen to return to him but she replies that everything is over between them, as the crowd cheers the triumphant Escamillo. When Carmen tries to run past José into the arena, he stabs her to death.

Check back soon for more information about Carmen.

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Jennifer Forni — Micaëla

Soprano

Previously at Portland Opera: Big Night Concert (2012); Dew Fairy, Hansel and Gretel; Amore, Il Ballo delle Ingrate, Voice of Clorinda, Il Combattimento di Tancredi e Clorinda, The Fantasy Trio, Trouble in Tahiti (2010).

 

Jennifer Forni — Micaëla

Soprano

Previously at Portland Opera: Big Night Concert (2012); Dew Fairy, Hansel and Gretel; Amore, Il Ballo delle Ingrate, Voice of Clorinda, Il Combattimento di Tancredi e Clorinda, The Fantasy Trio, Trouble in Tahiti (2010).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sandra Piques Eddy — Carmen

Mezzo-soprano

Previously at Portland Opera: Zerlina, Don Giovanni (2012); Hansel, Hansel and Gretel (2010).

 

Sandra Piques Eddy — Carmen

Mezzo-soprano

Previously at Portland Opera: Zerlina, Don Giovanni (2012); Hansel, Hansel and Gretel (2010).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Brian Jagde — Don José

Tenor

Portland Opera Debut

 

Brian Jagde — Don José

Tenor

Portland Opera Debut 

 

 

 

Ian José Ramirez — Le Remendado

Tenor

Previously at Portland Opera: Man with Old Luggage, Postcard From Morocco; Arturo, Lucia di Lammermoor (2014); Second Jew, Salome; Big Night Concert (2013).

 

Ian José Ramirez — Le Remendado

Tenor

Previously at Portland Opera: Man with Old Luggage, Postcard From Morocco; Arturo, Lucia di Lammermoor (2014); Second Jew, Salome; Big Night Concert (2013). 

 

 

Eric Greene

Baritone

Portland Opera Debut 

 

Eric Greene — Escamillo

Baritone

Portland Opera Debut 

 

 

 

Jeffrey Beruan — Zuniga

Bass

Former Portland Opera Resident Artist
Previously at Portland Opera: 
Plutone, Il Ballo delle Ingrate (2010); Poet, Orphée (2009); King of Egypt, Aida; Superintendent Budd, Albert Herring (2008); Zuniga, Carmen...

 

Jeffrey Beruan — Zuniga

Bass

Former Portland Opera Resident Artist
Previously at Portland Opera: 
Plutone, Il Ballo delle Ingrate (2010); Poet, Orphée (2009); King of Egypt, Aida; Superintendent Budd, Albert Herring (2008); Zuniga, Carmen; Second Armored Man, The Magic Flute (2007); Tempo / Nettuno / Antinoo, The Return of Ulysses (2006). 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Alexander Elliott — Le Dancaïre

Baritone

Previously at Portland Opera: Samuel, The Pirates of Penzance; Man with a Shoe Sample Kit, Postcard From Morocco (2014); Big Night Concert (2013).

 

Alexander Elliott — Le Dancaïre

Baritone

Previously at Portland Opera: Samuel, The Pirates of Penzance; Man with a Shoe Sample Kit, Postcard From Morocco (2014); Big Night Concert (2013).

 

 

José Rubio — Moralès

Tenor

Previously at Portland Opera: Cardinal 3 / Priest, Galileo Galilei (2012); Fiorello, The Barber of Seville; Fiorello, The Barber of Seville; Sam, Trouble in Tahiti, Voice of Tancredi, Il Combattimento di Tancredi e Clorinda...

 

José Rubio — Moralès

Tenor

Previously at Portland Opera: Cardinal 3 / Priest, Galileo Galilei (2012); Fiorello, The Barber of Seville; Fiorello, The Barber of Seville; Sam, Trouble in Tahiti; Voice of Tancredi, Il Combattimento di Tancredi e Clorinda; Ombre, Il Ballo delle Ingrate (2010); Schaunard, La Bohème; Policeman, Orphèe; Marullo, Rigoletto; Mercurio, La Calisto (2009); Baron Douphol, La Traviata (2008).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

George Manahan

Conductor

Previously at Portland Opera: Salome (2013); Big Night Concert (2013, 2012, 2011); Falstaff (2013); Don Giovanni (2012); The Barber of Seville (2010); Cosí fan Tutte (2010); Rigoletto (2009)...

 

George Manahan

Conductor

Portland Opera Music Director
Previously at Portland Opera:
Salome (2013); Big Night Concert (2013, 2012, 2011); Falstaff (2013); Don Giovanni (2012); The Barber of Seville (2010); Cosí fan Tutte (2010); Rigoletto (2009); Rodelinda (2008); Macbeth (2006). 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Eric Einhorn

Director

Portland Opera Debut

 

Eric Einhorn

Director

Portland Opera Debut 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Schedule

Feb 6, 2015
Friday 7:30 pm
Feb 8, 2015
Sunday 2:00 pm
Feb 10, 2015
Tuesday 7:30 pm
Feb 12, 2015
Thursday 7:30 pm
Feb 14, 2015
Saturday 7:30 pm